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Jackson discusses local schools

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Adoree' Jackson is one of the top 2014 prospects in California and so the Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback is already being heavily recruited by USC, UCLA and many other schools.
Since he lives near Los Angeles, Jackson has been to the USC-Hawaii game this season and has also kept a close eye on how well UCLA is doing.
The 5-foot-10, 172-pound recruit said his experience at USC was definitely impressive and he hopes to make many more trips. The Trojans have not offered yet but there is a pipeline to Gardena Serra - Robert Woods and Marqise Lee played there - and that cannot hurt in his recruitment.
"I saw that one game and I should be making a couple more home games that come around," Jackson said.
"It was a great atmosphere. That was the first time I got on the field and I got to see everything up close. It's cool to see people on another level perform and how they get ready for their games the same way we do.
"It was cool talking to Nickell Robey because he's a corner. The coaches are very nice. They were welcoming and I got a chance to talk with them while I was there."
Jackson, who plays all over the field and looked great this summer during 7on7 tournaments, said he was unsure how UCLA would play this season because of its new coaching staff but he's been pleasantly surprised.
The Bruins are 3-0, ranked No. 19 in the Associated Press poll and look to be in the middle of an impressive turnaround.
Jackson, and many other prospects, have taken notice.
"I didn't really know how UCLA was going to be with the new coaching staff but you can see the new staff really has them performing," Jackson said. "You can tell the right coaching staff can make a difference in how they play.
"Last year you'd probably say UCLA wouldn't be nearly as good as USC but UCLA came out and won their first three games and you see the changes they made and the changes in the program and it changes how you look at the school. You see they're starting off strong so it's nice to see they can change it and turn it around."
So far, Jackson has been offered by Colorado, Nebraska, Northwestern, SMU, UCLA, Utah, Washington and Washington State.
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