USC Trojans Recruiting: Why Adoree' Jackson Will Stay At Home To Play His College Ball

By Evan Williamson
Steve Sarkisian
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Along with the the state of Texas, California is one of the nation’s top states at producing college football players, which should come as a surprise to no one considering its size and large cities.

Adoree’ Jackson just so happens to be another one of those top tier athletes that the Golden State produces year-in and year-out. The California native does not have great size for a corner back at just 5-foot-9.5, 182 pounds, but his 4.4 40-yard dash speed, along with great instincts and ball skills, are why he is rated as the No. 7 corner back in the nation. During his senior year in 2013, Jackson recorded six interceptions and took three of them back for touchdowns.

The 2014 five-star prospect narrowed down his list to just four schools — Florida, LSU, USC and UCLA— which he announced via his Twitter account on Tuesday night.

“Final Four For Signing Day #Gators #Tigers #Trojans #Bruins” – Adoree’ Jackson, @AdoreeKnows

A lot of people believe that now-a-days, kids are not afraid to move away from home, and to some extent that is true. But there is a big difference from going five or six hours away to all the way across the country to Florida where the weather is just the same as California.

At USC, newly hired head coach Steve Sarkisian has been a smooth transition into the position, as he is trying to figure out the debacle that former head coach Lane Kiffin left for him to piece back together.

Currently, the Trojans have the No. 25 overall class in the nation for 2014, which is also fifth-best in the Pac 12. Yet, when did simply having a top 25 recruiting class become good for USC? This was one of the most dominant teams in college football last decade, and now they are barely cracking the top 25 and have zero five-star recruits and just seven four-stars.

Sarkisian needs someone to headline this class, and that man is going to be Jackson.

The possibility of staying close to home is something Jackson will not want to pass up. Maybe these will not be your Pete Carroll Trojans, but it will definitely not be your Kiffin type either.

Sarkisian will get things turned around on the south side of Los Angeles, and it will start by bringing in players like Jackson to reignite the program.

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