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USC football recruiting: Four-star ATH Dink Jackson named USC in his favorites

USC football could have a renaissance on defense. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images
USC football could have a renaissance on defense. (Sean M. Haffey/Getty Images /
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Four-star athlete Dink Jackson announced his Top 10 with USC football in the mix.

USC football pursuit of top-tier 2021 athletes knows no limit, certainly not when it comes to state lines.

On Tuesday, the Trojans made it into the Top 10 of four-star athlete Dink Jackson out of Eau Gallie High School in Florida.

Dink included the Trojans along with Florida State, Auburn, Louisville, Tennessee, Kentucky, South Carolina, West Virginia, Ole Miss and Miami.

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He posted a graphic on Twitter to make the announcement.

Just last week, Jackson showed off some USC recruiting material on Twitter.

The next question to answer is how effective those recruiting efforts will be when it comes to landing the 6-foot-2, 185-pound running back, receiver and safety.

Dink ranks 267th nationally in the 247Sports composite. When it comes to athletes, he checks in at No. 19.

As it stands, the Seminoles have the full share of Crystal Ball predictions from 247Sports.

Like many of the other athletes USC has pursued in this cycle, Jackson appears most likely to play defensive back at the college level. He had 80 tackles, including 26 tackles for loss and eight sacks on defense last season. On offense, he added 35 carries for 219 yards and four touchdowns along with 22 catches for 246 yards and four touchdowns.

If USC’s 2021 recruiting class stays together, the Trojans don’t have a particular need at safety at this point. They already secured commitments from four-star athletes like Anthony Beavers Jr. and Caleb Bullock, as well as four-star safety Xamarion Gordon. Recent pledge and four-star athlete Julien Simon could land at safety as well, though and Beavers’ appear more likely to have a future at linebacker.

The Trojans are filling the need because of imminent departures. While Isaiah Pola-Mao and Talanoa Hufanga each will have a year of eligibility beyond 2020, they may could leave for the NFL Draft by the time the class of 2021 signs.

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