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.”


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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!!!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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.