Michael Jackson III commits to USC football recruiting class of 2021
WR Michael Jackson III committed to the USC football recruiting class of 2021.
USC football’s 2021 recruiting class only just expanded to 14 pledges. On Wednesday morning, they got No. 15 thanks to Michael Jackson III.
The three-star wide receiver out of Desert Pines in Las Vegas took to Twitter to announce his commitment to the Trojans.
In a video commitment, Jackson spoke about his motivation and God’s role in his life. It also features his trainer talking about his commitment to training and strengthening his weaknesses.
In front of the “Welcome To Las Vegas” Sign, he announced his pledge.
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His was the second commitment of the week for USC, which also added four-star quarterback Miller Moss into the fold on Monday.
What does Michael Jackson III’s commitment mean for USC football?
Jackson III stands 6-foot, 198 pounds. Along with a decent frame for the position, he possesses the speed of a competitive track and field athlete, which he is.
He wouldn’t be USC’s highest-ranked wide receiver prospect ever, but he brings plenty to the table as the nation’s No. 410 player in the 247Sports composite.
Blair Angulo of 247Sports described Jackson as a “dynamic pass-catcher who thrives on underneath routes.” He credited him for his ability to break open plays in the blink of an eye.
USC could use both a playmaker and a body for the wide receiver unit. While the Trojans have four-star Dallas-area prospect Quaydarius Davis already committed, bringing in one pass-catcher in 2021 wouldn’t be enough.
Graham Harrell, Kedon Slovis and co are fortunate to have a wealth of receiving talent to target in 2020. The unit is going to lose several key figures in the near future though. Tyler Vaughns will graduate after the coming season while Amon-Ra St. Brown is expected to leave for the NFL.
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If both starters ultimately leave, USC would go into the 2021 campaign with just seven returning receivers. Those seven are quality to be sure. However, the Air Raid offense is already loathe to operate with the numbers the Trojans currently have available to them. Adding depth is imperative.
The addition of Jackson and Moss further solidifies USC’s Top 5 recruiting rank for the cycle. They currently rank fourth in the 247Sports composite.