Thursday, November 21, 2013
One visit remains for No. 7 Jackson
By Erik McKinney
With four visits under his belt, Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra) has one remaining. But there is nothing clear about which school will receive that fifth trip.
For some time, Jackson -- who is No. 7 in the ESPN 300 and the top recruit in the West -- has maintained that Oregon will be the destination for his final official visit, but nothing is set up. This week, Jackson said Oregon is still a possibility, but that Florida and Notre Dame are both in the discussion for that trip. Jackson's family lives in Illinois, and with Jackson wanting to bring his father on every official visit, the Notre Dame visit would be the easiest for his family to attend.
Adoree' Jackson is sticking to his plan of declaring his college choice on signing day.
While not getting an official visit wouldn't eliminate the Ducks from contention, it would be a blow to Oregon unless Jackson later organized an unofficial visit to familiarize himself with the campus. Florida, meanwhile, has already gotten an unofficial visit from the two-way standout.
There was some speculation that Jackson could take his trip to Oregon this past weekend, but instead, he was at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, witnessing USC's biggest win of the season.
"It was a lot of high energy," Jackson said of the atmosphere. "The fans were all into it. Everybody behind me was excited just to be there."
Jackson was able to speak with the coaches before the game and there was a consensus that this would be a close game. While the 20-17 victory over Stanford was one of the conference's best games of the year, the real treat for several recruits in attendance was being able to witness the celebrations following it in the stands, on the field and in the locker room. After witnessing games at Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma and Tennessee, Jackson had several memories with which to compare.
"That was probably one of the livest, most-hyped games that I've been to in the Coliseum," Jackson said. "It wasn't surprising because that's something you'd suspect for the Coliseum. There are a lot of Trojan fans out here, so I knew people would be into the game and rowdy. USC expects to win, so this was a nice one to come to. If SC did win, you were going to get that SEC feeling of hypeness in the stadium, and that's exactly what happened."
Jackson was able to make his way to the locker room after the game, where he visited with head coach Ed Orgeron, his recruiting coach and wide receivers coach Tee Martin, as well as USC players Su'a Cravens, Marqise Lee and Nelson Agholor.
As for a potential decision, Jackson is still locked into a signing-day declaration and hasn't begun to shuffle programs into any sort of pecking order at this point.
"I'm not ranking teams or anything like that," Jackson said. "But it's in the back of my mind. When I see them play, I think about if I could see myself going to school there."
His fifth and final visit will take place after his season, but Jackson will also likely be on hand for important unofficial visits at UCLA and USC just before signing day, on the weekends that the Trojans and Bruins load up with big official visit weekends.
At this point, Jackson is concentrating more on finishing out his senior season, and leaving Serra with another state championship.
"I want greatness," he said of what he's looking to accomplish. "People don't remember who comes in second. They only remember who wins."