Two weeks ago we relayed word that five-star cornerback/wide receiver Adoree Jackson was thinking about taking an official visit to the LSU Tigers and this weekend it is confirmed the Bayou Bengals will host the Junipero Serra (Gardena, Calif.) standout.
This is the first time the 5-9.5, 182-pound athlete will be at LSU who is the No. 2 cornerback recruit in the 247Sports composite rankings and the No. 6 player overall. Jackson previously took an official visit to the Oklahoma Sooners earlier this month and holds more than 25 scholarship offers.
Currently, the 30 recruiting analysts who have made predictions on where Jackson will land believe it’s a two-team race between the USC Trojans and the team LSU is hosting this weekend, the Florida Gators. The votes are 53 percent in favor of USC with 47 going to the Gators. The Florida State Seminoles are another team looking to close the gap on his two leaders.
Jackson has visited the in-state Trojans a number of times, but with their coaching situation in limbo it’s a prime opportunity for LSU and others to make a significant push for Jackson.
“I was more shocked than anything, Jackson tells 247Sports. “I do not think it can affect my recruitment until I get a chance to talk to the new coach and its current staff, ”
Jackson is also the state champion in the long jump and has aspirations of competing in college and earning a spot on the Olympic team, and as a result of the Gators recent dominance in track and field is a big reason why they are viewed as a favorite.
LSU’s track and field team is no slouch either and their history of producing NFL talent at cornerback is undoubtedly going to be a big recruiting pitch this weekend. Jackson could also be intrigued by playing in this Cam Cameron directed offense and filling the shoes of Odell Beckham, Jr and Jarvis Landry who are putting up ridiculous numbers.
LSU has some ground to make up in the pursuit of Jackson, but the window is open to do so this weekend. A big win over Florida will likely eat into the Gator’s lead a bit and give him some positive thoughts on his trip back to the west coast.
This will be a battle that goes all the way to signing day in February, but to ensure they are in it for the long haul, a win on Saturday will be a giant step in the right direction. After this weekend there is no reason not to think LSU can be in the mix for a return visit later this winter and in the running with Florida, especially after they beat them on Saturday on the field.