LAKE BUENA VISTA — Five-star Adoree’ Jackson is the highest-ranked recruit remaining on Florida’s board.
The two-sport athlete from Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra is being pursued heavily by the UF coaches from both the football and track programs. Defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson is his primary recruiter.
“Florida is after me really hard,” he said. “Coach T-Rob came to my state championship game and also went to see my parents in Illinois (during the contact period).
“And I talk to the track coaches at Florida more than any other school. So I’ve got a good relationship with all those guys.”
That’s key for the Gators, because Jackson hasn’t been to UF since Friday Night Lights and won’t officially visit.
However, he says the fact that he’s seen several other schools since his trip to Gainesville doesn’t hurt Florida’s chances.
“They won’t get lost in the shuffle,” Jackson said. “I saw all that I needed to see when I went in the summer. I feel like I can accomplish all my goals there.”
The 5-foot-10, 172-pounder, who has Olympic and NFL aspirations, plans to announce six finalists after Thursday’s Under Armour All-America Game and make his decision on signing day.
The Gators will make Jackson’s cut.
“Oh yeah,” he said. “They’ll definitely be in there.”