Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin three-star safety Lamar Jackson has seen a lot of Southern California the past two weeks.
While making back to back unofficial visits to USC, Jackson performed
with team TMP at the Passing Down Best of the West Tournament in
Fullerton (Calif.) Sunday. The trips from the Central Valley have
helped Jackson acclimate to life in the expansive metropolis.
“I went to USC Friday and then made it to UCLA for their spring game
Saturday,” said Jackson. “The visit to USC before this weekend I was
down here with my family.
“I got to talk to the whole staff and was kind of the center of
attention. They talked to me and told me how much they needed me. I
also had a one-on-one with Coach Sark, which was good. I got to feel
his vibe a little bit.
“This last visit was really me and Coach (Keith) Heyward just chilled
while the rest of my seven-on-seven team toured campus. I’d already
seen everything, so we just got to talk a little bit more. They’re
coming up to see me Thursday, so he’ll meet my coach and everything
Jackson played both safety and cornerback at the Best of the West
Tournament Sunday in a edition to scoring a few touchdowns as a
receiver. At 6-foot-3, 210-pounds, he sat down with USC defensive backs
coach Keith Heyward to talk in-depth about the Trojans vision for him
as a player in college.
“He broke down the numbers of defensive backs they have right now and
the number of guys they have coming back,” said Jackson. “They’re
moving corners to safety just to get by.
“They even have two walk-ons playing a lot at safety. That’s probably
where they’ll play me. they have some good cornerbacks coming in with
the class of 2015, but they need safeties. So that’s where my home
would be if I go to USC.”
As for future unofficial visits, Jackson has no immediate plans to
venture too far out of state. Michigan is a school that has been
recruiting Jackson heavily, but a visit to Ann Arbor would have to come
“I want to commit on T.V., so I might do it at an All-American game or
at The Opening,” said Jackson. “I’m not really sure right now. The all
star games are a bigger stage, so that might be when I do it.
“I want to take some visits, but I don’t really have any set plans.
Michigan is a school I’m thinking about, but that’s a far trip, so that
would have to be an official.”
Certainly, the time frame for a decision is wide open with The Opening
held in July and the all star season not beginning until January.
Regardless of that disparity, Jackson plans on taking at least a few
official visits when next fall.
USC appears to be in a very good position to host Jackson on one of
“The coaches are in constant contact with me showing love, so that’s
good,” said Jackson. “I have a good relationship with Coach Heyward and
I get a great vibe from the staff.
“Everything stand outs with them. The academics — it’s a private school
and you only have 26 kids in a classroom. My mom sat down with one of
the academic advisers, so that was good. The academic support was
something she really likes. The facilities at USC are really nice too.”
Having said that, Jackson has no favorite schools or schools leading
for his commitment.
“Not right now,” said Jackson. “Right now, I’m trying to take some more
visits to see what everybody has to offer.”
Lamar Jackson recaps another USC visit
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