Jefferson (La.) four-star cornerback Donte Jackson has played with the idea of officially visiting USC since September.
Friday, Jackson followed through and headed to Los Angeles for his
first official visit. The experience was enough to put the Trojans in a
three-way battle for his signature in February.
“The environment was live just like I expected it to be,” said Jackson.
“The visit was a positive visits, so that certainly helps in USC’s
“It’s now a three team race with them, Georgia and LSU.”
Jackson has spent that last few months buying a rapport with USC
defensive backs coach Keith Heyward.
Heyward is not only Jackson’s
position coach, but also his lead recruiter for USC.
“I loved the overall experience at USC,” said Jackson. “I like the way
the team plays and all of the players are cool. I git along with the
players really well.
“I had a good time talking with Coach Heyward, and the person I’m most
cool with is Adoree Jackson. Those guys were cool with me from the
first second to the last second of the trip.”
Adoree Jackson, who started at cornerback and wide receiver for USC
against Notre Dame in their 49-14 win Saturday, is a player the Trojans
coaching staff has used to illustrate how they want to use Donte next
“I was with Adoree more than anyone and we really connected well,” said
Jackson. “We connected because we’re so much alike. and he told me some
good stuff and some bad stuff (about USC).
“He just kept it real and I liked that.”
Jackson, who plays quarterback, running back, receiver, kick returner
and defensive back for Riverdale High School, has the potential to be a
multi-positional threat in college according to USC.
“The coaches at USC just preached over and over how important it was to
be ready and willing to play early.
“They want me to play cornerback and then some on offense and then on
special teams too.”
Jackson will stay closer to home for his next official visit as he will be in Baton Rouge to see the Tigers Dec. 5.
Scout National Recruiting Analyst Chad Simmons contributed to this story.
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