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Adoree Jackson’s dad did not look too thrilled about USC announcement (Video)

Even though Adoree Jackson announced midday Wednesday that he was going to play college football at USC, his signed letter of intent had not been sent to the school several hours later. There has been some speculation that his father, Christopher, may have something to do with the delay. If you watched the video of Jackson’s announcement, that speculation makes plenty of sense.

Though Adoree, a five-star recruit from Serra High School in Gardena, Calif., and his mother seemed to be thrilled when he made his announcement, Christopher did not. He still gave his son a handshake and bro-hug, so all wasn’t terrible, but he didn’t seem to be as ecstatic as the rest of the people were. Maybe that’s just his personality. Or maybe he liked what LSU or Florida had to offer a little more. In fact, LSU Rivals reporter Mike Scarborough said that Jackson’s dad had the papers and wanted his son to choose LSU:

I’m guessing this will all get sorted out soon (it was — Jackson sent in his signed letter of intent later in the evening). Just have pops shake a couple of USC boosters’ hands and be done with it. Jackson is a great player and should do big things at USC. It’s a huge pickup for the Trojans.

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Adoree’ Jackson chooses USC

Adoree Jackson

Adoree’ Jackson was one of the biggest dominos to fall on national signing day Wednesday, and he ended up choosing USC. The five-star recruit is one of the top 10 players in the entire class of 2014.

In fact, Jackson is so athletically gifted that there is uncertainty over whether he will be a cornerback or wide receiver with the Trojans. He played both ways in high school and made a huge impact on both offense and defense. It took him a while to get his hat out to make the announcement.

Jackson chose USC over UCLA, LSU and Florida. He spoke highly of new USC head coach Steve Sarkisian a couple of months ago and apparently meant what he said. Jackson played high school ball at Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. Serra is one of the top football schools in southern California and has a reputation for sending players to USC. Wide receivers Robert Woods and Marquise Lee both went to Serra and ended up at USC.

Jackson’s decision is huge for Sarkisian. His hire did not impress many USC fans and observers, but Jackson’s decision proves that top recruits liked the move.

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Photo: Instagram/Adoree’ Jackson

Adoree Jackson says he still has not made a college decision

Adoree Jackson

Only 12 hours away from the time when he was scheduled to make his signing day announcement, Adoree Jackson claimed he still hadn’t made a decision.

Here’s what Jackson tweeted late on Tuesday night:

Do you believe this kid? Jackson is a five-star recruit from Junipero Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. He can play both ways and is choosing between two local schools — UCLA and USC — and SEC schools Florida and LSU. He has been one of the most enigmatic recruits throughout the process and the most difficult to get a read on. But if history says anything, he’ll be headed to the Trojans, which is where Serra’s last two marquee wide receivers went (Robert Woods and Marqise Lee). It’s also notable that Jackson was enthusiastic about USC firing Lane Kiffin and hiring Steve Sarkisian.

Still, regardless of what he says, it’s hard to buy that he still didn’t know which school he was choosing when he was less than 12 hours away from making the announcement. I guess some guys just love the attention.

Photo: Instagram/Adoree Jackson

Recruits Adoree’ Jackson, Joe Mixon speak positively about Steve Sarkisian

Steve SarkisianSteve Sarkisian may not have impressed USC fans and observers as a hire, but many top recruits took notice of the move.

Adoree Jackson of Serra High School in Gardena, Calif. (same school Marqise Lee and Robert Woods attended), who is a 5-star recruit and top-10 player in the country in Rivals’ rankings, tweeted some big things about Sark:

5-star running back Joe Mixon from Oakley, Calif., tweeted that Sark’s hire brought USC “back in the picture” for him:

Mixon also had an in-home visit from UCLA’s coaching staff on Monday night. 247 Recruiting says he is strongly considering Oklahoma, Wisconsin and Cal. He also supposedly was warm on Washington, which would explain his interest in USC.

Jackson received offers from multiple major schools, and Rivals has his list narrowed to about a dozen programs, including USC, UCLA, Oregon, Michigan, Tennessee, Florida, Florida State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State, among others.

In an interview with WeAreSC’s Blair Angulo, Jackson elaborated on why the Sarkisian hire would be good for USC’s program:

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