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The Jackson Five

Lamar Jackson is planning on taking official visits to schools he has never seen, but will the four-star safety's plans change before a January commitment?

Elk Grove (Calif.) four-star safety Lamar Jackson announce all five of his official visit destinations this week, with USC noticeably omitted from the list.

Jackson will officially visit Notre Dame Sept. 5, Oregon Sept. 19, Arizona State Sept. 26, Oklahoma Oct. 3 and Michigan Oct. 17. However, just because USC isn’t on the visit schedule doesn’t mean Jackson isn’t still interested in becoming a Trojan.

“USC is still up there at the top of my list,” said Jackson. “I still talk to a bunch of the coaches on their staff and have a good relationship with them.

“But the fact that I’ve been to USC and UCLA multiple times, I have a good connection with both coaching staffs. I talked to Coach (Demetrice) Martin about it and he was cool with it.

“I also talked to Coach (Keith) Heyward, and at first, I was going to take an official visit to USC. I was going to make it my last visit when they played UCLA. I ended up just setting up trips with the coaches that hit me back first with dates.

“I had one more spot and Notre Dame had finalized the date, so I decided to go there instead. I really wanted to take visit to school that would give me the best experience recruiting wise. I can go down the road and visit USC and UCLA.

“I probably will do that unofficially for a game. this was about seeing schools I haven’t had a chance to see.”

Of course, Jackson isn’t locked into taking all five of his official visits. He also acknowledges the possibility of reworking his schedule altogether.

Jackson’s plan is to graduate from Franklin High School in December so he can be a midyear enrollee at his college of choice. He will announce that decision at the Under Armour All-American game in January.

“There’s a possibility these visit may change,” said Jackson. “If I don’t feel like taking a trip, I may cancel it and go somewhere else.

“I’m pretty sure I’ll take all five just because this is an experience that can only happen once. It’s not something I think I’ll get tired of.

“At the end of the day, once I make my decision, it’s final. If I get worn out, then we’ll see, but I plan on taking all five visits.”

Without a 48 hour all expenses paid visit to USC, Jackson still has his reasons for considering the Trojans down the stretch.

“USC is bringing in top guys each year and I feel like they’re going in the right direction,” said Jackson. “With all of the talent they're bringing in, I think they’re definitely going to have a winning team.

“I also have a great relationship with Coach Heyward. I probably talk to him more than anybody. He loves me and I love him, so we’re close.” Top Stories