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Adoree' Jackson scouting report: Top West Coast cornerback

Adoree' Jackson is an extraordinary playmaker.

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Adoree' Jackson is one of the top-rated recruits in the 2014 class. The Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra High School cornerback is receiving interest from nearly every major program in the country, and he will be one of the most sought after players in this recruiting cycle.

Jackson stands 5'11 and weighs in at 185 pounds. He's a consensus five-star recruit among all four major recruiting services and is either the second- or third-rated cornerback in the country, depending on which service you look at. He is easily one of the top-25 recruits in the entire country and has a laundry list of offers to match.

As of late April, Jackson has scholarship offers from USC, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Texas A&M, UCLA, Florida State, Notre Dame, Oregon and Washington, amongst many others.

Derrell Warren, SB Nation West Coast Recruiting Analyst:

Jackson plays on both sides of the ball for Serra High School but best translates to defense, given his overall skill set. He likely fits better at field (wide side) corner as opposed to the boundary (far side) position, as he projects more favorably using his agility and change of direction skills to cover receivers out in space. In nickel packages, one could see him sliding inside and not only lining up over slot wide receivers, but also being used as a blitzer on occasion given the physical nature of his game.

An elite-level playmaker at the cornerback position, Jackson will need to be put in a position to make full use of his ball skills and awareness. On tape, he seems most comfortable in off-man or zone schemes, as opposed to pressing at the line of scrimmage. He will even employ the "triangle" technique at times, turning his hips inside at the snap and keeping both the quarterback and receiver in his line of sight and reading the signal caller's drop as an indication of what route is being run.

On special teams, Jackson is an elite punt returner with excellent vision and lateral burst that help to exploit backside lanes. He's a track star, as well, with a top 200-meter time of 21.69, not to mention having won the state championship in the long jump as a sophomore (personal best of 25 feet and ½ inch) in 2012. Those two feats go to illustrate further how explosive an athlete Jackson is.

With the ball in his hands, Jackson has an almost freakish ability to twist and contort away from pursuers while maintaining his balance through contact. Jackson is an elite talent who compares favorably to former LSU Tiger defender Tyrann Mathieu in terms of his playmaking ability and has the upside to be a multi-year starter for any number of BCS programs.

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