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November 9, 2012

Class of 2014 First Five-Stars: Adoree' Jackson

MORE FIRST 5-STARS: Brown - Humphrey - Hand

They are the best of the best. The players wanted by every program and destined to make a big impact at the college level and beyond. Rivals.com has identified the first five-star prospects for the 2014 class and is unveiling them this week. Ten prospects have been awarded five-stars but are not ranked at this time and we will profile two each day. One of today's five-stars is Gardena (Calif.) Serra cornerback Adoree' Jackson.

Adoree' Jackson, CB, Gardena (Calif.) Serra

Attributes: 5-10, 172

Top Schools: Colorado, Nebraska, Northwestern, SMU, UCLA, Utah, Washington, Washington State

THE JACKSON FILE
Adoree' Jackson
Position: Cornerback
Height: 5-foot-10
Weight: 172
High school: Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra
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Scouting Report: Jackson will not blow anyone away from a physical standpoint. He's not small by any means, but his gifts are more concentrated in his athleticism, feel for the game and his playmaking ability. He is the rare cornerback that can be running full speed in coverage, stop immediately to knock down a pass or intercept it or even jump higher than anyone on the field to make a play on the ball. Jackson has outstanding vision in coverage and always seems to know exactly when the ball is arriving so he can knock it away. On special teams, he is a constant threat and knows how and when to set up tacklers, make a move around them and explode down the field for extra yards.

Analyst's Take: "Jackson has all the tools to be a special cornerback. He is fantastic in space, rarely gives any separation to the receiver and when the ball is in the air Jackson has all the athleticism to knock it down or intercept it. He's not a physical freak that overpowers receivers at the line but Jackson is supremely athletic and has great timing to know when the ball is thrown. Jackson is fantastic at cornerback and he's also an outstanding return specialist who can make something happen every time he has the ball in his hands. The Serra recruit is also a game-changer at wide receiver but everyone pretty much agrees that his best position is at cornerback. I've seen him at multiple events and in games and I've really never seen Jackson get smoked by a receiver." -- Adam Gorney, West Analyst, Rivals.com

Why He's A Five-Star: "Jackson is one of four cornerbacks to make our initial 10 five stars in the class of 2014 and he is arguably the best in coverage while lacking the same size of the others. He is solid at press coverage but is very good playing off, reading the receiver and closing on the ball. He plays the ball in the air as well as anyone, has soft hands and is an instant offensive threat when he picks off passes. Despite needing to fill out his frame, he's a very willing and physical tackler in run support. Jackson is one of the best athletes in the country and is a special teams threat as well. He reminds me of a thicker Cliff Harris with his quick feet and electrifying play coming out of high school." -- Mike Farrell, National Recruiting Analyst, Rivals.com

His Coach Says: "He's ridiculous. The things he does, he had two punt returns for touchdowns, he had a catch for a touchdown, he had an interception and that was in like 13 plays last week because we blew the team out. He is a freak. He can do everything. He's now our punter because of our kicking situation and he had one kick last week for 50 yards. He's just an amazing kid who can basically do anything. That's the beauty of it. He doesn't need to be refreshed. He can go for days. There is no question he's that kind of guy like George Farmer and Marqise Lee (former Serra stars). He might be Marqise Lee because of his freakish athleticism. Robert Woods and George were so smooth and able to do stuff. Marqise and Adoree' are just guys who can do things where you're like, 'Did he just do that?'" -- Serra coach Scott Altenberg

Odds And Ends: Jackson is also a standout basketball player and a track star who won the state championship in the long jump as a sophomore jumping 25.25 feet. ... He also ran a leg on Serra' 4x400 team that finished second in state. ... Jackson was also nominated by the student body and the teachers for the Life Team, a group of spiritual leaders at his Catholic high school.

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