Adoree' Jackson, an elite cornerback recruit with blistering speed, has decided to play college football at USC. As one of the top players in the 2014 class, he weighed offers from programs across the country before choosing the Trojans.
ESPN passed along the California native's decision:
Jackson rates as the No. 7 overall recruit nationally, according to 247Sports' composite rankings. He's also listed as the No. 1 cornerback and the top prospect coming out of the state of California in 2014, making him an extremely coveted recruit.
247Sports lists a total of 27 different programs showing interest in Jackson before he made his decision. Even though defensive prospects don't generate the same type of buzz as the top quarterbacks, running backs and receivers, the interest in Jackson shows coaching staffs are just as focused on potential defensive stars.
One of the main reasons the Junipero Serra High School product rates so highly is his advanced playmaking ability. Many defensive prospects arrive with terrific athleticism but are raw and still a few years from making a serious impact.
Jackson, who is listed at 5'9.5" and 182 pounds, appears ready to step right into the defensive backfield rotation. Perhaps he won't be a starter right out of the gate, but he can get some snaps in select packages and not look out of place thanks to his man-to-man cover ability, ball skills and speed.
As a natural playmaker, he also spent time on both offense and special teams in high school. And, as the above highlight reel shows, he made some electric plays in those facets of the game as well. It shows he's an all-around good athlete who is capable of switching positions.
That said, the 5-star prospect garnered a lot of attention as a cornerback and should have no problem excelling in that area early in his collegiate career. And once he gains some valuable experience, the sky is the limit given his upside.
Expect Jackson to make an impact sooner rather than later as he showcases why he was wanted by so many schools.