Three-star all-purpose back Giles Jackson announced his Top 4 schools on Thursday, including USC football among his choices.
The Final Four is in for three-star all-purpose back Giles Jackson and USC football made the cut.
Jackson took to Twitter to make his announcement, listing USC along with Michigan, Oregon and Oregon State in his Top 4.
“This process has been extremely fun and I will cherish every moment of it for the rest of my life. I would like to thank God for giving me this amazing opportunity and all the coaches who gave me an opportunity to play for their school and lastly my parents for guiding me through this journey,” the Freedom High School-product wrote.
The USC offer came down to Jackson just 10 days ago, while the offer from Michigan followed soon after. He is scheduled to visit the Trojans on July 30th as his recruitment heats up in the summer.
Jackson stands 5-foot-8, 175 pounds, but he makes up for his lack of size with shifty moves and speed. He ranks 730th nationally in the 247Sports composite. Hailing from Oakley, he is 74th in the state of California. Among all-purpose backs he stands eighth.
He had 1,586 yards on 221 carries as a junior, scoring 22 touchdowns on the ground. He added 324 yards and five touchdowns as a pass catcher.
USC’s interest in Jackson is interesting in and of itself since the Trojans have favored all-around backs in recent recruiting classes. Targeting an all-purpose back would go against type, but USC did pick up more of a power runner in Markese Stepp for the class of 2018. Jackson could be a nice counterbalance in the Trojan backfield of the future.
USC did target Mater Dei all-purpose back Sean Dollars, now an Oregon commit, earlier in the recruiting process. Similarly-styled Jordan Wilmore out of Lawndale also holds an offer from the Trojans.
Clay Helton and company have secured eight pledges for the class of 2019 so far, most recently landing two-sport athlete Drake London, a four-star wide receiver and four-star shooting guard.
Though the Trojans have three wide receivers committed in the class, there are no running backs currently on the board.