It remains unclear where Adoree' Jackson will do the majority of his damage on the field as a freshman, but the Los Angeles area athlete is primed to provide splashy plays throughout his opening campaign at the collegiate level.
The 5'9.5", 182-pound Junipero Serra High School (Gardena, Calif.) standout is an electric playmaker with the ability to excel on offense at either receiver or running back. However, he projects most favorably at cornerback, where he is rated No. 1 nationally in 247Sports composite rankings.
Jackson's 2013 season statistics speak volumes about his ability to affect the game in multiple facets.
|Adoree' Jackson - 2013 season|
|Rushing||639 yards||Five touchdowns|
|Receiving||812 yards||Seven touchdowns|
|Defense||36 tackles||Six interceptions (three returned for touchdowns)|
He also took three kicks back for scores as a special teams returner. Jackson figures to be a focal point in that role during his college career.
Jackson led his squad to a title game in Southern California and earned several accolades along the way. He was named First-Team All-USA by USA Today and competed in the Under Armour All-America Game.
The 5-star prospect has plenty of positional options but running back is probably third behind receiver and cornerback. Still, Jackson would embrace the challenge of lining up in the offensive backfield if necessary.
"When I first started playing football, I was a running back watching Reggie Bush at USC," he told Los Angeles Times reporter Eric Sondheimer. "I always wanted to do the things he did. I feel comfortable at running back. If I need to do it, I'll do it."
Jackson's high school coach, Scott Altenberg, realizes elite athleticism allows Jackson to explore just about any opportunity on the field. His upside is tremendous.
"It's unbelievable the way he runs, the way he competes," Altenberg told Sondheimer. "I saw Marqise [Lee] and told him, 'This is you. It's freaky.'"
Unsurprisingly, an athlete of Jackson's prowess commands respect in multiple sports. He anchored the nation's fourth-fastest 4x400-meter relay track team last year and claimed an individual state title in long jump.
His nationwide recruitment features several storied programs, including Notre Dame, Florida State, Michigan, Oklahoma and Tennessee. Jackson announced his final four choices eight days before national signing day.
UCLA, USC, Florida and LSU each hope to land Jackson on Wednesday, when he plans to announce at 2:05 p.m. ET in front of a national audience on ESPNU.
The Trojans are currently a prohibitive favorite, evidenced by the 83 percent favorability in 247Sports' Crystal Ball prognostication. Jackson has several personal draws at nearby USC.
Former Serra wide receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee enjoyed successful careers at USC. Jalen Greene, Jackson's high school quarterback, is already enrolled on campus.
It remains to be seen where he will take his final official visit, though it ultimately comes down to USC and UCLA. Jackson spent time at Tennessee, Florida State, Oklahoma and LSU during the regular season.
Jackson is most likely to land with USC and join the foundation of a new Trojans era. However, it's important to remember Jackson grew up in St. Louis and could be willing to abandon those short-lived ties to the West Coast.
Prediction: Jackson decides to set up shop in his new region by committing to USC. His commitment gives a fresh Trojans regime a legitimate building block and creates recruiting momentum for the future.