The five-star cornerback out of Junipero Serra chose USC during his live signing day announcement on ESPNU, putting to rest what has been one of the more unpredictable recruiting sagas of the year.
Jackson announced his final four of USC, UCLA, Florida and LSU near the end of January, but there was no sure bet on where he would eventually pen his signature. Despite local ties in Los Angeles, family ties to the South also weighed heavily, as did his track and field aspirations.
Still Jackson was no stranger to USC during his recruitment. Even though he chose to forgo an official visit to the McKay Center, he took more than a few unofficial visits to campus and even attended USC’s Vegas Bowl victory over Fresno State in December.
In Jackson, USC gets the top player in California and the sixth best recruit in the nation, according to Rivals. He was an Under Armour All-American selection and was named to USA Today’s first team All-USA team. As a senior in 2013, he logged 56 tackles and five interceptions. On offense, he rushed for 639 yards and five touchdowns, caught 38 receptions for 812 yards and seven touchdowns.
The 5’10, 172 pound cornerback could also make an impact at wide receiver at the college level because of elite athleticism and ball skills. In that sense, he could see immediate playing time on either side of the ball as USC is thin at both receiver and corner, though corner would almost certainly present greater options for immediate playing time.