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UCLA Offer Changes Things For 2018 Linebacker Adrian Jackson

Oct. 14 -- The top-rated junior in the state of Colorado recently landed a UCLA offer last week, forcing him to pump the brakes on the recruiting process...

Adrian Jackson was considering an early commitment but that plan might now be scratched.

The four-star linebacker from Denver (Colo.) Mullen landed scholarship offers from Wisconsin and UCLA in a span of a few hours last week and told they definitely had a resounding effect on his thought process.

"They're big offers and it made me imagine I could probably get more and I want to keep that in mind as I continue the recruiting process," Jackson said. "I don't really want to limit my options."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect has been playing in the secondary this season, but he's projected to slide into the box in college as a versatile defender given coverage skills. He's impressive physically, has the frame to add good weight and appears to be only scratching the surface of his potential.

Ohio State has been a frontrunner for Jackson for a few months since extending an offer earlier this year. He was eyeing a visit to Columbus last month to see the Buckeyes in action but he was unable to make the trip.

Jackson, the top-rated recruit in Colorado for the 2018 class, did stop by the Rose Bowl to watch UCLA against Stanford while his own team was in California for an out-of-state matchup. The offer from the Bruins was one he had been hoping to get for a while.

"UCLA switches things around for me a little bit," Jackson said. "It opened up my recruiting process, you could say.

"When I was out there, the linebackers really stood out to me. They were up to everything they were supposed to do. (Coach Scott White) has been trying to get me out there and said he wants me to go there. He's said he likes my confidence on the field. I don't know when I'll be in California again, but I would really like to go out there to see the facilities and what they're building."

The offer from the Badgers also caught his attention, particularly since teammate Christian Cumber is scheduled to officially visit campus later this month.

"I don't really know much about Wisconsin right now, but I hope to continue learning about them," said Jackson, who is ranked No. 119 overall in the Scout 300 for his class.

Ohio State built its lead in the summer when Jackson camped there and gained a comfort level with the program.

"They approach me the strongest in my recruiting process and I like that," Jackson said. "When I went there, it was a family atmosphere that brought me in. Coach Luke Fickle I was working with a lot and he taught me a lot of good stuff to be prepared, but I haven't been able to use it because I'm playing safety [in high school]."

Jackson also mentioned Michigan State as a school expressing new interest, while Nebraska and Washington are also in the mix as notable contenders.

Check out clips from Jackson's sophomore season in the video below:

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