EDITOR’S 11 P.M. UPDATE: According to an 11 p.m. update from Rivals.com, Adoree Jackson’s national letter of intent has been received by Southern Cal and the drama is over.
Southern Cal coach Steve Sarkisian can’t talk about Adoree Jackson yet because he hasn’t received a signed letter of intent from the five-star athlete. And per NCAA rules, he can’t comment on a recruit that hasn’t signed. The only problem is Jackson committed to the Trojans six hours ago–and that ‘contract’ should have been in long ago. At his signing day press conference, Sarkisian could only acknowledge that he didn’t have the letter of intent in his hands yet.
Jackson came into the day as the nation’s top uncommitted prospect, and was seriously considering the SEC’s Florida and LSU–while UCLA was also in the mix. Some reports have mentioned that Jackson’s mom is 100 percent on board with the Southern Cal decision this morning, while the father was more interested in seeing his son go to one of the SEC programs. Whether the letter of intent fax slipped under somebody’s cabinet (um, not likely) or some family member is sprinting through the streets with it, nothing is official until the Trojans receive it and he is cleared as a signee.
As of 8 p.m. EST, both 247Sports.com and Rivals.com still showed Jackson as only a “commitment” and not a signee.
Could it be a change of heart? Could it be a disgruntled daddy? Could it be PC Load Letter type issues with the fax machine? Who knows … but no letter of intent has made it to USC yet.
And LSU and Florida fans are now thinking, “So you’re sayin’ there’s a chance?” in their best Jim Carrey voices.
NOTE: We will update as more details become available.
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