After receiving commitments from Bryce Dixon (Ventura, Calif./St. Bonaventure) and Rashead Johnson (Long Beach,Calif./Cabrillo) on Saturday afternoon, USC learned they are still in contention for Adoree’ Jackson’s (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra) signature.
I Wanna Thank God & All The Schools Who Recruited Me But The Wait Is Over My Top 6 Schools: Florida,LSU,Oklahoma,Tennessee,UCLA,USC
— SWEET PEA (@AdoreeKnows) January 4, 2014
Rivals.com lists Jackson as the No. 1 overall player in California, and the No. 6 player in the nation.
247sports.com has Jackson as the No. 2 player in the state, behind Joe Mixon (Oakley, Calif./Freedom).
With Junipero Serra, Jackson has starred on both sides of the ball. He finished his senior season with 1,451 total yards of offense and 12 touchdowns.
As a cornerback, Jackson recorded 26 tackles to go along with six interceptions.
Cornerback is a position of need for the Trojans, and there have been rumblings that if Jackson were to ultimately commit to the Trojans, his preference would be to play offense.
With newly-committed Johnson interested in playing cornerback, and defensive back Jonathan Lockett (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) also part of the Trojans’ 2014 class, convincing Jackson to play on defense may no longer be an issue.
The situation is similar to the one Lane Kiffin found himself in with Marqise Lee.
Lee was also a defensive standout in high school, but on multiple occasions, Kiffin commented that had the Trojans intended to use him on defense, Lee likely would have committed to Oregon.
Should he wind up with USC, at a generous 5’10″ and 182 pounds, Jackson is the kind of shifty receiver that can flourish in Steve Sarkisian’s offense.