Could Florida State be in line to land another five-star defensive back? Well, they’re at least going to be a part of the conversation.
The Noles made the cut and are now one of ten schools being considered by Adoree Jackson, the five-star cornerback out of Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, California. To no one’s surprise, two California schools made the cut, the UCLA Bruins and the USC Trojans. As a California native, those two schools will be tough to beat, but recruiting analysts actually think Jackson could be headed South to play his college ball.
Naturally, Florida State fans are excited about the possibility of landing another talented corner to go with 2013 signee Jalen Ramsey out of Nashville, Tennessee. The obvious link between the two is new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt.
Until Pruitt was named defensive coordinator relatively late in the recruiting cycle, the Seminoles weren’t even a contender for Ramsey. Within a matter of weeks, he was headed to Tallahassee. Now, Pruitt has his eyes set on one of the top defensive players in the class of 2014, Jackson.
Pruitt’s resume is short when compared to other coordinators around the country, but he’s made a name for himself in a short time. His time with Alabama head coach Nick Saban not only helped him as a recruiter, but also as a defensive mind. Although they didn’t show much in the spring game, you can expect to see a 3-4 pressure defense in the same mold as the one used at Alabama.
As a result, many defensive players have been intrigued about the possibility of playing for Pruitt at Florida State. One such player is Jackson.
Despite not having great size at corner (5-foot-11, 180 pounds), Jackson is a willing tackler. As you’d expect from a five-star talent, he’s got exceptional feet, speed and technique, able to break on balls fluidly in both man and zone schemes. Whoever gets him is getting a player who can play right away when he arrives on campus, there’s no question.
There’s a long way to go, but the rumors are already flying. Some think the Florida Gators are the front-runners, while others think the LSU Tigers will land him. One other thing to consider is that Jackson is a tremendous track athlete and will be looking for a school that excels in track as well.
Ultimately, it will come down to fit, and that’s where Pruitt could be the Noles biggest asset. Players seem very comfortable around Pruitt and really respond well to him as a recruiter. One things for sure, if he lands another five-star corner he’ll make his job as defensive coordinator a whole heck of a lot easier.
B.L. is a sports writer for Rant Sports and can be followed @coachlip.