The recruiting saga that surrounds Adoree' Jackson got a little more interesting when it was revealed that the 247Sports.com 5-star cornerback took stealth, unofficial visits to both USC and UCLA over the weekend.
Rivals.com's Adam Gorney tweeted the scoop on Saturday night:
Just two days prior, Scott Schrader of 247Sports.com tweeted that Jackson had opted against taking any final visits in favor of staying home:
My, how quickly these highly touted athletes change their minds.
Jackson is currently down to four schools—USC, UCLA, Florida and LSU. However, the fact that Jackson spent the weekend in Troy and Westwood could be bad news for the Gators and the Tigers.
According to Gainesville Sun reporter Zach Abolverdi, Jackson's last-minute visits are a bad omen indeed for the Gators:
Then again, it could all be coincidental. Jackson lives in Southern California, so stopping by USC and UCLA isn't hard. With that said, it does seem like a good thing for Los Angeles' fiercest rivals that Jackson came to visit mere days before national signing day.
Jackson has been notoriously difficult to read during this recruiting cycle. Last spring, he sported USC socks during a seven-on-seven event and has kept the Trojans high on his priority list throughout the entire process.
Nevertheless, he's flirted with the Trojans' rivals as well as other top-notch programs and has given no indication that any particular university is the favorite.
By taking last-minute visits to USC and UCLA, Jackson is setting up a signing-day showdown for the ages between these rivals. If he signs with one program over the other, more than just bragging rights will come with that signature.
If it's USC, then the Trojans continue to be the premier program in Los Angeles—sanctions and all. If Jackson signs with the Bruins, then it will be safe to say that the tides are indeed turning in favor of the powder blue and gold.
As the plot thickens, USC and UCLA fans will have to wait begrudgingly for three more days to know which university will earn Jackson's highly-sought-after commitment.