With four scholarships available, USC continued to make it abundantly clear how highly they think of five-star athlete Adoree’ Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Junipero Serra).
According to Adam Gorney, USC was one of four schools to spend time with Jackson on Thursday.
— Adam Gorney (@adamgorney) January 24, 2014
The dynamic two-way player has one more official visit remaining, which multiple schools are aggressively vying for.
Junipero Serra has been a pipeline of sorts to USC with George Farmer, Marqise Lee and Robert Woods all transitioning from Cavaliers to Trojans.
That will continue in 2014 with quarterback Jalen Greene (Gardena, Calif.) already signed and on campus at USC as an early enrollee.
Another Cavalier, defensive end Olajuwon Tucker (Gardena, Calif.) is set to become a Trojan on National Signing Day.
As for Jackson, should he also sign with the Trojans, where he would make an impact appears somewhat unsettled.
The Trojans currently have four defensive backs in the class.
Two of which, Ajene Harris (Los Angeles, Calif./Crenshaw) and Rahshead Johnson (Long Beach, Calif./Cabrillo) are realistic options to play on offense.
However, Johnson stated he committed to USC as a defensive back, which provides some clarity.
That clarity is quickly done away with however, with the Trojans’ pursuit of Jackson, Michiah Quick (Fresno, Calif./East Central) and Juju Smith (Long Beach, Calif./Long Beach Poly).
All three prep players could easily play on either side of the ball and each is being recruited by the Trojans.
The hunch here is Steve Sarkisian is recruiting Jackson to play offense; considering Sarkisian’s uptempo style and willingness to get the ball in the hands of his playmakers.
While securing Jackson’s last official visit wouldn’t necessarily guarantee a commitment, it certainly wouldn’t hurt the Trojans’ cause.