He’s not the biggest guy in the world, and he doesn’t hit like a locomotive–but good luck throwing the ball within a country mile of Adoree Jackson.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound athlete is one of the more interesting prospects left among the remaining SEC targets in the 2014 signing class. He doesn’t have any January official visits scheduled (yet), which can give an indication of where he’s leaning. He’s from California, but the six finalists he named last week contain only two schools from his home state–and three of them are SEC programs. Florida, LSU and Tennessee made the cut, as did Oklahoma, USC and UCLA. He took official visits to Tennessee, LSU and Oklahoma in the fall, along with already eliminated Florida State. He hasn’t taken an official to Florida, and has one visit remaining that he could use.
There was a time, before Florida suffered its on-the-field struggles of 2013, when the Gators looked like the team to beat for Jackson. He made the long trip east for an unofficial visit to Gainesville (Fla.) in July, but hasn’t been back since. In the same timeframe, in-state USC righted its own program a bit as the year wore on, and things seem to have balanced out somewhat.
So Jackson is a slight mystery. Usually in the past decade, when USC’s program is clicking, the Trojans have been able to protect their state borders and keep guys like Jackson home. But the Trojans aren’t ruling the college football world right now, and it appears the Gardena (Calif.) native will come down to the wire with his decision–naming his school on national signing day. Jackson is one of only two national top 10 prospects left uncommitted, the other being Marlon Humphrey. Jackson is ranked No. 8 overall in the nation, Humphrey No. 5.
Whoever lands this five-star prospect will get a kid who can make plays in umpteen different ways. His senior season, he scored five touchdowns on returns, intercepted six passes, caught 37 passes for 805 yards and 7 TDs and even rushed for 5 TDs.
Note: Saturday Down South will do quick updates on all of the top uncommitted prospects leading up to national signing day. Next up on Wednesday–Lorenzo Carter.
Editor’s note: All references to ratings are to 247Sports.com’s composite rankings.