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February 10, 2013UCLA has been one of the programs really coming hard after five-star Adoree' Jackson and the Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback visited there for junior day this weekend.
The 5-foot-10, 172-pound prospect who's also a track star said it's still early in his recruitment but he loved what the Bruins' coaches had to say and they'll definitely remain in contention.
Jackson said he had great conversations with coach Jim Mora and assistants Demetrice Martin and Adrian Klemm. The message was that he'd be primarily used as a cornerback but because he's so athletic there could be some offensive packages mixed in as well.
For the Serra standout, it was all good news.
"I talked a lot with the coaches," Jackson said. "I just hung out and talked to the DB coach, I talked to coach Klemm, I talked to coach Mora. I was talking to all the other recruits. We watched film and stuff like that, just getting a little vibe there.
"(Martin) said he really liked me a lot. He liked my film. He said he'd love for me to be a Bruin. He thought I was one of the best DBs out there. He said I could come in right away and ball.
"(Mora) asked me what I wanted to do and I said DB and if there could be some offensive packages for me. He said of course. He talked about the defense and he said some players on defense have offensive packages. I thought it was cool and it sounds good to me. Me being the athlete I am, it just made sense."
UCLA is in the thick of things for Jackson but it's going to be a heated recruitment for the only five-star in the West so far.
Big-time offers from across the country have already come in and Jackson, who's originally from Illinois, said Ohio State, Tennessee and Texas Tech are three of the programs that have reached out recently.
UCLA is among the schools recruiting him the hardest so far.
"Really the schools that are recruiting me the most I'd say are Florida, Miami, UCLA, Michigan, LSU and Texas A&M," Jackson said.
"Those schools are recruiting me the hardest. I talk to those coaches all the time and we talk, I hit them up and I'm getting a feel for what the schools are like. I'm trying to get that connection and that comfort level with all the coaches."