had an incredible first day of practice at day one of the Under Armour Bowl practices and was the top cover corner of the day for the Red Team. Jackson showed off incredible closing speed and the ability to anticipate and break on the ball.
He's not just a gifted athlete physically but has a high understanding of the game, always plays hard and is incredibly competitive. He'll likely work out with just the defensive backs this week but still hopes to play both ways in college.
"I wanted to play both ways this week but they want me to just focus on defense," Jackson said. "It's all good, I'm just happy to be out here and thought I had a good first day. I had to rep for the West Coast and do my thing and I thought I did that. I only got beat one time but the receiver did like a triple move, it wasn't even a real route so overall, I was happy with how I held it down."
On the recruiting front, Jackson has been about as hard to read as anyone in the country. Even his own coaches at Serra have said multiple times they have no clue what he's going to do.
"I honestly still don't know what I'm going to do and that's the truth," Jackson said. "The three schools I'm feeling the most, just from who seems to be recruiting me the hardest right now are LSU, USC and Florida. I'm also looking at Florida State, UCLA, Tennessee and Oregon.
"I'll probably set up my final official visit to Oregon but I don't have a date yet. My plan right now is to cut my list to six by the end of the week. What I'll probably do is think things over on the flight home from here and then I'll tweet out my final schools a day or two after I get back."
Jackson said most of the schools are saying he can play both ways but a few colleges have been more specific with how he'll be used.
"USC wants me at receiver," Jackson said. "Just about everyone else has said they want me at corner, but I'll have a chance to play receiver too. Florida has talked to me more about receiver first and then going to corner. LSU, Florida State and Oregon want me for corner.
"UCLA has said I could play both ways and has told me about Myles Jack and a few other players who have actually played both ways for them this year. I like receiver, that's my favorite position but I'll play wherever the team needs me. I just want to be at a place where I'll be comfortable and get along well with the players and coaching staff."
Track is another big part of the equation.
"Honestly, track is just as important as football for me," Jackson said. "It's a 50-50 decision for me. Out of all the schools, I probably have the best relationship with the track coaches at Florida. I talked with the LSU coaches on my visit as well and I need to connect with other track coaches on my list as well.
"It's a really tough decision for me and I'm still trying to figure out if I want to stay out West or not. I'm comfortable out here and have a good support group already. At USC, I already know all the players on the team so if I went there, it would be an easy adjustment. I just don't know the coaches that well since it's a whole new staff.
"I'm close with the Florida staff since they have been recruiting me for a long time. Same thing with UCLA and LSU, I'm comfortable with those guys and that's important. I'm going to do a bunch of home visits next month and that will be big for me. I want to meet the new staff at USC and talk more with Coach Sark. I want to see how I click with all these colleges and then my plan is to still commit on Signing Day. Like I said, right now, I really have no idea what I'm going to do, it's going to be tough. The home visits will be big and just seeing where I fit in the best."
There wasn't a better player on day one of the Under Armour All-American Bowl practices than Gardena (Calif.) Serra defensive back Adoree Jackson. The athlete said there's three schools he's ‘feeling the most' and will cut his list to six at the end of the week.
UA Game: DB Adoree Jackson
Adoree Jackson shined on day 1 of the Under Armour AA game
National Recruiting Analyst
DB Adoree Jackson
Dec 30, 2013