Notre Dame had not been involved early in Adoree' Jackson's recruitment but after coach Brian Kelly stopped by Gardena (Calif.) Serra earlier this week the Irish are definitely in the mix.
Jackson, an early five-star by Rivals.com, said he was highly impressed by Kelly, likes Notre Dame a lot and seemed grateful Kelly stopped by to talk with him and some of his teammates.
"He stopped by and it was really crazy for a head coach to come down and talk to me," Jackson said.
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"I thought that was amazing. They just came off that big win over USC and they're ranked No. 1 in the nation. It shows they're really humble that they would come down and see me and start recruiting me."
Notre Dame did not extend an offer to Jackson, the only early five-star so far in California for the 2014 class, but Kelly promised the standout cornerback that the Irish coaching staff would keep a close eye on him.
"He said they want to keep in touch and they like me a lot and they're going to be watching my film," Jackson said. "They said they'll be watching the playoff game this Friday so that's big."
Jackson was also visited by Arizona and Washington this week.
So far, the 5-foot-10, 172-pound prospect has been offered by Arizona State, Colorado, Northwestern, Nebraska, SMU, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State and many others including USC are interested.
Kelly also reportedly talked with Gardena Serra teammates Dwight Williams, an early four-star recruit, and quarterback Jalen Greene.
Gardena Serra hosts West Hills Chaminade in the state playoffs on Friday night.