To stay or to go. That is the question.
Adoree' Jackson, like many talented juniors, will have to assess whether he will return for his senior year at USC or pass that opportunity up to turn professional and enter his name in the NFL Draft.
If Jackson turns pro, his final game at the Coliseum will be Saturday against Notre Dame. But Jackson said he hasn't even pondered that notion.
"I haven't even thought anything about that," Jackson said after Wednesday's practice at Howard Jones Field. "Everything at this school has been here for me and everything I've done here, I feel like it's more things to do. At the end of the day, I always thought be here four years. I've always wanted to do all the things on my checklist and check them off and I don't feel like I've done...I haven't done any yet honestly."
Checking anything off that personal list would be quite an accomplishment. Jackson's lofty goals includes being an All-American, winning the Thorpe Award -- given annually to the nation's top defensive back, the Heisman Trophy and winning a national championship.
Jackson is in contention to be the next USC player to have his plaque on the All-American Walk leading from the locker room to the practice field and was named one of three finalists for the Thorpe Award on Monday. Since he hasn't achieved those accolades, Jackson says he still has "bigger fish to fry."
"At the end of the day, I have a lot that I want to prove to myself and to everybody out there."
The choice will partly be a family decision. Jackson said he will sit and talk with his parents and weigh the options.
"Getting a clear thought process and not just jumping at my first instinct and just weighing it all out. If it's the best decision for me... But if not, like I said, I still have a lot of things I want to do here and accomplish and I feel like it can be done. That's really one of the things that's weighing heavy."
While a big factor in any early entrant decision is draft projection, Jackson said he won't be focusing on it.
"It's a lot bigger than that. I mean, what can I say, I love it here."
Watch Adoree' Jackson, above, talk about being named a finalist for the Thorpe Award and discuss his upcoming decision on whether to turn pro or come back to school for his senior year.
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