January 1st, 2014 04:28pm

Gators will make Jackson’s cut


Jackson is one of the top targets on Florida's recruiting board. (Photo by Under Armour)

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.”

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  1. January 1st, 2014 5:12 pm

    Sounds like another recruit just stringing schools along so that they can remain in the spotlight as long as possible.

    by Carolina Gator

  2. January 1st, 2014 5:19 pm

    The recruiting industry/media makes millions off college recruiting, so these kids are just playing the game. He’ll make the right decision, whatever that may be, but of course we would love to have him blazing the track and gridiron on Gainesville.

    by Wes G

  3. January 1st, 2014 5:20 pm

    * in Gainesville

    by Wes G

  4. January 1st, 2014 5:25 pm

    Wes, agree fully with your comment about the recruiting industry. I don’t blame the kids in most cases, as the media (ESPN) giving airtime and national print coverage to 17 and 18 year old high school kids trying to make a very important decision about their future creates an overwhelming atmosphere for them. Still, many milk it for all it’s worth.

    by Carolina Gator

  5. January 1st, 2014 5:54 pm

    Think he stays home and picks USC, hoping I’m wrong!

    by GG

  6. January 1st, 2014 5:57 pm

    its proven to be harder to recruit after the season we had.

    by dub

  7. January 1st, 2014 8:39 pm

    It surely is harder to recruit after a losing season than a championship-calibre year. However, since we went 11-2 only a year before, there’s no pattern of losing at Florida or with Coach Muschamp. The more astute prospects instead see Florida as an opportunity for early playing time and to make a big contribution toward restoring the success. The ones with courage and confidence, who also enjoy taking a risk, will become Gators this winter. And that’s the kind of incoming class that will thrive.

    by Gatormac

  8. January 1st, 2014 9:31 pm

    Zach, how’s it shaping up for us with Jamal Adams? Will personal connection to Joker carry through to signing with Gators?

    by Gatormac

  9. January 1st, 2014 11:47 pm

    Where do we stand with Penn State commits Holley, Thomkins, and Godwin?

    by Vinny G

  10. January 2nd, 2014 12:51 am

    We will miss out on all the recruits y’all name.No matter how you look at it 4-8 is what it is 4-8.Losing 7 in a row losing to Ga.Southern is what it is.It just no way around it,can you imagine what the opposing coaches are telling these recruits.You just can’t make this season look no better.Lets coach up the guys we have,& look for a better class in 15′ it just won’t happen this.


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  12. January 2nd, 2014 6:15 am

    It gets so boring following recruiting now a days because that is all they want the….the spotlight! What’s the use…we probably won’t c them play for about a good 2 maybe 3 years!! Like I said b4 in a past article….WHATEV!!!

    by Harold

  13. January 2nd, 2014 6:21 am

    5’10″ too short, next.

    by Mason

  14. January 2nd, 2014 7:43 am

    Too short, next? What is next? Except for Grier and a handful of others, there isn’t a stampede to UF this year. If there is an alternative, great. UF is scrambling to get a running back with the loss of Cook. I still don’t understand not getting a single linebacker. The supposed best one on UF, Morrison, was horrible last year.

    by snowprint

  15. January 2nd, 2014 6:34 pm

    Gators get good news with Willis commitment. Cue negative Gator fans finding a way to use this news to blame Muschamp for poverty and also throw in an insult about how Driskel can’t throw the ball 2 feet in front of him or something.

    by Arizona_Gator

  16. January 2nd, 2014 6:48 pm

    I saw Minnesota commit Jeff Jones is visiting Florida on the 24th. We have a shot to flip him?

    by Vinny G

  17. January 2nd, 2014 7:12 pm

    Hopefully Willis sticks! We all know what happened with Landon Collins!

    by Tn Gator

  18. January 3rd, 2014 1:16 am

    Landon Collins stuck to his commitment and I’m sure Willis will do the same. It’s almost always a lock when someone commits in an all-star game, so take a chill pill.

    by snowprint

  19. January 3rd, 2014 9:37 am

    Hey guys we have a top 10 class right now and have a good chance on Jones,Carter,Jackson,Holley,Lauderdale, and Scott. Still looking at a couple of OL,WR and QB. Ships are tight. Willis will be enrolling next week.

    by AllGator

  20. January 25th, 2014 12:03 am

    [...] seen Florida once, and that was in July. Jackson told me at Under Armour it won’t matter if he doesn’t check out Gainesville again, but I’m not buying [...]

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  21. January 29th, 2014 9:42 am

    [...] It’s still important for Florida to get him to visit this weekend, but there’s talk that he may not to use his last official. Jackson attended Friday Night Lights in late July and told The Sun earlier this month that a return trip to Gainesville wasn’t necessary because he saw everything he needed to. [...]

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