SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Donte Jackson, one of the Army All-American Bowl’s most dynamic two-way prospects, is down to three college choices.
Jackson announced before the holidays that LSU, Georgia and USC would
be his final choices before making a decision on a college known Jan.
“I just felt like it was the best date,” said Jackson. “I’ll have all
of my officials in right on time and I want to do it before Signing
Day. I think that’s like the best date for it.”
Jackson officially visited USC Nov. 28 and unofficially visited LSU
Dec. 6. Just day prior to making an announcement on a commitment,
Jackson will be a Georgia for his final official visit.
It’s a school he has already seen twice unofficially.
“Georgia, that’s like one of the best schools man,” said Jackson. “I
feel like that’s the school that probably needs me the most to come in
and play right away.
“Well, all schools I can come in and play right away, but Georgia I can
see what they need, what they’re weak in, their weak spots and stuff
like that. It’s just another home environment. I still keep in touch
with a lot of players. I’ve been up there twice. Both times it was just
fun. I had a lot of fun up there.”
Just before the recruiting dead period, Jackson checked in with the
hometown favorite Tigers. And while he down played LSU’s location as a
factor, Jackson does list it as a reason he likes Baton Rouge.
“I like most things about LSU,” said Jackson. “It’s home, but I don’t
let that weigh into my decision. I feel like any school can win come
“Any school can have me on campus come fall. LSU is just like the same
thing. It’s a family atmosphere. I feel like I’m welcome every time.
Every time I go up there, they show me a lot of love and it’s always a
While there has been discussion on Jackson officially visiting LSU Jan.
24, he said he had no set plans for that trip Monday.
USC is the dark horse of the group in Jackson’s recruitment, although
the Trojans made a positive impression when the 5-foot-11, 175-pound
cornerback made it to Los Angeles.
“First of all, they have a beautiful campus — one of the beautifulest
campuses I’ve been to. Second of all, all the players are cool. The
first time meeting me, everybody was like . . . it was like I had been around
them a lot.
“The coaches — from Coach (Steve) Sarkisian to defensive coordinator
Coach [Justin] Wilcox to Coach [Keith] Hayward the DB coach — all of
them are just like family. It’s like a family atmosphere up there.”
Jackson got along especially well with another Jackson, Trojan two-way
freshman athlete Adoree Jackson.
“Me and him were texting before the Nebraska game,” Jackson said laughing. “We talked. That’s my boy.
“I see that we have a similar game. USC is looking at me to play both
sides of the ball. I think they’re going to mold me into some type of
player like he is. Both of us can be a threat on defense as well as on
After setting an announcement date before the Christmas break, Jackson has been assumed by many to know where he is going to school Jan. 21.
“Everything is still up in the air,” Jackson said. “I don’t have a
definite school molded right now in my head. I’ve got time to figure
out everything, but nah, there’s no definite winner right now.”
Two-way star with three choices
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