Jackson comes away impressed by USC

Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin defensive back Lamar Jackson was offered a scholarship by USC just a few weeks ago. Friday, Jackson, his mother and step dad made their first trip to meet with the Trojans coaching staff.

Elk Grove (Calif.) safety Lamar Jackson made his first trip to USC Friday and came away impressed.

The three-star safety is one of the region’s best defensive backs with several scholarship offers from from the Pac-12 and Big Ten. Friday, Jackson and his family drove down to USC to speak with Trojans head coach Steve Sarkisian and defensive backs coach Keith Heyward.

“The first thing we did was sit down with Coach Sark with my family, so we had a good conversation,” said Jackson. “I was able to talk with all of the coaches, and they showed me around.

“They basically told me how things work at USC and showed me the facilities. They were really fired up about me and said they want me at USC.

Jackson’s opinion of USC before the visit was fairly superficial. While he had seen the Trojans play on television, he didn’t know much about the tradition of the football program or details about the university.

“I really wanted to go down there to see if I could picture myself being at USC,” said Jackson. “I wanted to see if I could live in that environment and make an impact for the football program.

“The comfort level is good. All of the coaches gave me a good vibe and I felt like they genuinely wanted me to be there. I felt like they wanted me t be a part of their team. That made me feel like I was at home.”

Academics and life as a student at USC is was what Jackson learned most from his visit.

“They have a nice tutoring program and they went through how the football players stayed organized with school,” said Jackson. “They map out what you have to do every week and get you to the right tutors.

“They lay everything out for you to have success.”

The unofficial visit was good enough for USC to earn a spot in Jackson’s pending first cut of favorite schools.

“I walked away from the visit with a high opinion of going to USC,” said Jackson. “I could see myself ending it, but instead, I’m going to still take some visits and see what other schools have to offer.

“I’ll be at UCLA tomorrow and then go from there. I’m going to be narrowing things down to a top five soon and USC will definitely be in the top five.”

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