Two-way prospect interested in UF
Published: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 6:10 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, July 27, 2013 at 11:15 p.m.
Five-star recruit Adoree' Jackson journeyed from California to Florida on Friday for his first visit to Gainesville.
The 5-foot-10, 182-pounder is ranked the No. 5 overall prospect in the ESPN150 and wants to play both cornerback and receiver at the next level.
He went straight to the football offices upon his arrival at UF and met with the coaches before Friday Night Lights began. Jackson said they told him he could have a role similar to junior Loucheiz Purifoy.
“I wanted to know about Purifoy because I know he does both ways,” Jackson said. “I like that. That's enough right there.”
Afterward, the Under Armour All-American linked up with Florida freshman cornerback Vernon Hargreaves III, who was the 2013 MVP of the game Jackson will play in this coming January.
The two were attached at the hip for most of the night, and Jackson picked Hargreaves' brain about the recruiting process and what to expect if he comes to UF.
“Basically he was just telling me to be patient with everything and just enjoy it while I can and choose the school that right's for me,” Jackson said. “He just gave me tips about what it's like and the transition and everything, so it was nice to learn from someone that just came out of high school.”
The Gators are currently considered the front-runner for Jackson. The two-sport athlete also wants to run track in college and thinks highly of Florida coach Mike Holloway, who has led to the school to back-to-back NCAA Men's Outdoor Championships and was named the 2013 U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) National Outdoor Men's Coach of the Year.
Holloway is the only track coach personally recruiting Jackson, and the two talk on the phone every week. Their relationship is certainly working in Florida's favor.
“It helps,” Jackson said, “because if another school tries to push through, I already have a relationship with another coach. It's just a great booster (for UF's chances).”
Jackson will be staying in Gainesville until Sunday and plans to return for an official visit on Nov. 30 for Florida's regular-season finale against arch-rival Florida State.