Adoree' Jackson (21), one of the top athletes in the country, gives USC
a two-way star. (Louis Lopez/Cal Sport Media)
No one knew exactly where five-star prospect Adoree' Jackson, the nation's No. 1 athlete, would ultimately choose to play college football. On Wednesday, Jackson's family certainly wasn't giving away his pick with their wardrobe at his nationally televised press conference.
As of Tuesday night, Jackson didn't appear to know which school he would choose.
But on Wednesday, his mindset changed. Jackson pulled a hat out of a box of props to announce his commitment to USC over Florida, LSU and UCLA.
Whichever school landed Jackson was expected to have a strong track and field program. The five-star prospect is a talented long jumper and has his sights set on competing in the 2016 Olympics. On the gridiron, Jackson plays cornerback and wide receiver while also serving as a punt and kick return specialist.
Jackson hails from the same high school -- Junipero Serra High in Gardena, Calif. -- that produced former Trojans receivers Robert Woods and Marqise Lee. This is another big get for USC coach Steve Sarkisian, who already had landed Damien Mama, the top-rated offensive guard in this year's recruiting class, earlier on Signing Day.
Meanwhile, Jackson's declaration marked yet another whiff by the Bruins, who also missed out on Mama, four-star defensive end Solomon Thomas (Stanford) and five-star receiver Malachi Dupre (LSU).
Jackson is the crown jewel of the Trojans' class -- and he seemed to have more than a little fun toying with some fan bases.