Is Adoree’ Jackson Going to Wear USC’s No. 21 Jersey?


USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson may wear a new number in 2016, as former Trojans on social media teased a move from No. 2 to No. 21.

Could Adoree’ Jackson be the latest Trojan to flirt with a number change in 2016?

The social media accounts of Su’a Cravens and LenDale White suggest yes.

Cravens, the last player to wear No. 21 with distinction, tweeted Thursday congratulating Jackson on representing the number.

“I see my guy @AdoreeKnows is starting the new #21 era! Represent like I know you will young skywalka,” Cravens wrote.

Jackson seemed to confirm the change in a tweet reply to Cravens saying, “Gotta rep it good bro! It’s only right you left yo legacy”

Perhaps the greatest No. 21 in USC history, White also posted a video of Jackson in the No. 21 jersey on Instagram saying, “Lil bro @adoreeknows looking sick in that #21 I see u kid.”

That video appears to be from USC’s picture day, which saw players like JuJu Smith-Schuster, Ykili Ross and Keyshawn “Pie” Young tweet photos in full uniform yesterday.

All of that points to a number change for Jackson, who wore No. 21 in high school and was reportedly interested in wearing it or the No. 5 at USC.

When he arrived, however, Cravens was already in possession of No. 21. Since Reggie Bush’s No. 5 remained retired, Jackson took on the No. 2, which had been popularized by the likes of Robert Woods and Taylor Mays in recent years.

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With Cravens off to the NFL, the No. 21 is back on the table for 2016.

On offense, freshman wide receiver Tyler Vaughns grabbed the number as well, which could make for some trouble if Jackson plays on offense this season.

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Jackson isn’t the only Trojan who has been the subject of speculation about a number change this offseason.

Linebacker Cameron Smith was listed as No. 55 on USC’s updated 2016 roster, but the Trojans quickly backtracked on that number change, with head coach Clay Helton confirming at Pac-12 Media Days that Smith will retain his No. 35.

The decision was made to honor Junior Seau’s memory by keeping the jersey open for a year after Lamar Dawson’s departure. Additionally, there were sentiments that Smith could continue the growing tradition of the No. 35.

Of course, the unconfirmed number change could spell problems for USC’s marketing team. New 2016 No. 2 jerseys have just gone on sale at the USC bookstore.


In case it wasn’t already clear, Jackson tweeted an edit with him in a No. 21 away jersey.

All that remains is confirmation of Jackson’s number change from USC.


Another tweet from Jackson indicates he’s got reasons for wearing No. 21.

“Only few know why I rock the 21, so if I switch back y’all will understand soon #21Reasons #JRad,” Jackson wrote.

Looks like we’ll have to wait to find out why.


Here it is, the explanation behind Jackson’s desire to wear No. 21.

“My friend Jeremiah [Radford] passed away of cancer. I do it for him, No. 21,” Jackson says in the video posted by D1Bound.

The personal story behind Jackson’s number preference makes it all the more fitting for him to make the switch.


It’s important to note the number change isn’t official, but Jackson has stated on Twitter that he would like it to be.

“I’m trying to get it official,” Jackson tweeted in response to former Arizona State wide receiver Jaelon Strong.

It’s something to watch out for.