Jefferson (La.) four-star cornerback Donte Jackson is the Bayou State’s reigning 100-meter and 200-meter state champion.
With speed a hot commodity on the recruiting trail, USC is one of
several schools in the race for Jackson’s interest. Right now, Trojans
defensive back coach Keith Heyward has been speaking with Jackson
weekly about an official visit to the other L.A.
“Coach Heyward and I talk a lot, and I think a visit is going to
happen,” said Jackson. “I just haven’t set up a date for it yet.”
The delay has come as Jackson focuses on making the most of his senior
season. As a bonafide ironman for Riverdale High School, Jackson plays
everything from quarterback and receiver to special teams, cornerback
As a junior, Jackson rushed for 450 yards and five touchdowns, while
catching 19 passes for 380-yards and four touchdowns. Jackson also
returned three kickoffs for scores.
On defense, Jackson had 35 tackles, one sack, four interceptions, three
pass breakups and one forced fumble.
And by the way, he ran the 100-meters in 10.42 and the 200-meters in
21.42 seconds the following spring.
“Right now, my season comes first and then I’ll start to think about
next year’s season in college,” said Jackson. “I know I’m going to have
to make a decision some time.”
Jackson never leaves the field for Riverdale, and that is evident by
what he is most proud of from his offseason workout regime.
“I put a lot of work into conditioning,” said Jackson. “Really, I’m
proud of my endurance and my durability. I’m playing quarterback, slot
receiver, running back, kick returner, cornerback… So I really worked
on the small things.
“Eating more, lifting more and staying conditioned. It’s made me a
better player and made me more versatile.”
USC sees Jackson as a cornerback first, but the nation’s No. 11
cornerback sees a lot of potential playing time on the Trojans roster
at various positions.
“They lack a lot of depth in their secondary and I see that they play
their versatile athletes on both sides of the ball,” said Jackson.
“They’re playing Adoree Jackson on both sides of the ball, and that’s
my kind of scheme.
“I also like the conference that they play in. The pass happy Pac-12.
They’re talking about me being a return man and a lot of corner. I
figure most teams will play me at corner with my speed and my coverage
ability. But if I got on the field playing safety, I wouldn’t mind that
either. I’m just a DB really.”
At this point, Jackson has no official visit dates set, but he does
have a handful of destinations in mind for visits.
“I’ve been just talking to coaches and letting everything play out,”
said Jackson. “We have two more Thursday games coming up, so I might
try to take two visits during the season and then take three more after
“I’m looking at LSU, Georgia, USC, Ole Miss, Notre Dame, Arkansas,
Oklahoma, Texas Tech and that’s about it.”
The race for Donte Jackson
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