USC Football: What Trojan Fans Should Expect from Adoree' Jackson in 2014
On Feb 5, Trojan coach Steve Sarkisian and his staff managed to pull off a national signing day coup that SBNation.com said was unmatched in college football.
But as highly regarded as those players are thought to be, there is none more highly thought of as 5-star cornerback, Adoree' Jackson.
Considered the third-best at his position in the nation by Scout.com, Jackson is an impact player who will likely see major playing time in his freshman season.
However, defense is only one area where USC will benefit from Jackson's talents and how the Trojans will reap the rewards of their blue-chip prospect will be the focus of this slideshow.
For fans of the program hungry to see their exciting young prospect, here is what you can expect to see in 2014...
Jackson Will Make His Presence Felt on Special Teams
If there was ever a college football equivalent of baseball's "five-tool" player, it would be Adoree' Jackson.
Blessed with tremendous speed and athleticism, Jackson is a threat to go all the way every time he touches the ball and for this reason, expect special team's coordinator, Johnny Nansen, to use Jackson liberally on either kick or punt returns and perhaps even both.
Though not big at 5'10" and 170 pounds, Jackson's speed and nimbleness will weigh heavily on opponents' minds when they have to kick the ball to the Trojans and even if Jackson doesn't return the ball, USC will benefit from gained yardage when they kick it away from him.
Of course, fans of the program hope that doesn't happen often because, man, those returns are special.
Look for Jackson to Take Some Snaps on Offense Too
When a player is as talented as Jackson is, you look to get the ball in his hands as often as possible.
And it is for this reason that Steve Sarkisian and offensive coordinator Clay Helton will find a way to do just that with Jackson on offense.
Fortunately, that is fine with young Adoree' as well and he will look to make hay on that side of the ball from a number of receiving spots but most often from the slot.
Making like a much faster Wes Welker, Jackson can utilize his tremendous speed 10 times or so a game and in doing so, he will change the dynamics of the offense simply by his presence.
Opposing defenses will have to account for Jackson and when they do, it will open things up for other Trojan playmakers.
Because if they don't, the last thing they will see is the back of Jackson's jersey as he blazes by them on his way to a Trojan score.
Jackson Will Be a Star at Cornerback
As mentioned before, Jackson is not particularly big but when a player is as fundamentally sound and athletic as he is, it won't really matter.
Possessing swivels for hips and able to get out of his breaks with ease, Jackson is a clinician on the field of play as opposing receivers futilely attempt to find a way to get open.
Scout.com's Scott Kennedy assesses Jackson this way: "He's strong enough to press a receiver at the line of scrimmage and can turn and run with anyone."
The epitome of a "lockdown corner," Jackson will eventually be put on the opponent's best receiver, much to that player's dismay.
To say that Adoree' Jackson is a special player is an understatement of the highest magnitude.
The "crown jewel" of a star-laden class, Jackson will be featured in all three phases of USC's game plan and he has the talent to excel wherever he plays.
Of course, the challenge for Sark and the staff is to protect the slight Jackson from himself as he will likely lobby the coaching staff for as much playing time as possible.
It will be incumbent on the coaches to pick and choose the times that Jackson will see the ball on offense and whether or not he will be allowed to return both punts and kickoffs.
But with a modicum of restraint, Jackson has the ability—if he can stay healthy—to make a huge impact for Trojan football.
And along the way, he will make some very special memories for an excited fan base, all of whom will be grateful for the day Jackson inked his name on that letter of intent.
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