Two-way star with three choices

Donte Jackson played both wide out and cornerback during the Army All-American Bowl practices in San Antonio (Texas) Monday.

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. 21.

“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 Jan. 21.

“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 fun visit.”

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 offense.”

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.”

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