Lamar Jackson recaps another USC visit

Safety Lamar Jackson knew the Trojans had a tradition of putting players in the NFL when Steve Sarkisian offered him a scholarship earlier this month, but his knowledge of USC was expnaded greatly the past two weeks.

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 too.”

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 officially.

“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 those trips.

“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.”

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