Oregon '18 CO S - Adrian Jackson (Oregon Verbal)

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    NEW OFFER TO COLORADO ATHLETE

    Ohio State continues to offer new athletes from all over the country. Last night, they extended an opportunity to Denver's Adrian Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from Mullen High School.

    Jackson is listed as the country's 13th-ranked outside linebacker in the 2018 class although his film shows that he's versatile enough to play in the secondary if needed.

    The offer from Ohio State is the sixth for Jackson. The Buckeyes join Utah, Nebraska, Colorado, Colorado State and Missouri in the early pursuit of Colorado's top-ranked player.
     
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    BUCKEYES HAVE LINEBACKER FEELING MILE HIGH

    Ohio State offered Denver linebacker Adrian Jackson in April, and the Buckeyes immediately stood out to the top overall player in the state of Colorado. The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder visited Columbus for a one-day camp in June, and is already planning his next trip back.

    “I plan on going to Ohio State sometime during the season to catch one of their games,” Jackson told 247Sports ($). “I'm going to try to get to the Michigan game.”

    In addition to Ohio State, Jackson has offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame and Nebraska.

    “Ohio State has a great family atmosphere,” he said. “When I was there, I liked how they approached me. I like the facilities and the area around the school.”

    Jackson is considered by 247Sports Composite as the 10th-best linebacker and No. 201 player overall in the Class of 2018.
     
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    MILE HIGH CONNECTION

    Though Denver linebacker Adrian Jackson won't be able to make it to Columbus for this weekend's game against Rutgers as he has originally planned, the top overall player in the state of Colorado for the Class of 2018 has already seen everything he needs to call Ohio State his leader.

    “They approached me the strongest out of all schools,” Jackson told Eleven Warriors. “I could tell, when I went down there [for a one-day camp in June] they are all about business and they want the best. So them being a top team in NCAA football and wanting me is showing me they think I'm one of the best.

    “If I'm one of the best, I think I should go to the best place,” he continued, “and I think that's Ohio State.”

    So what's stopping the 6-foot-2, 210-pounder from becoming the third pledge in the 2018 class? It's certainly not the distance between Columbus and Denver.

    “I'm trying to get out of Colorado anyways,” Jackson said, noting he has been thinking about making an announcement following his junior season at Mullen.

    Tossing aside offers from the in-state Colorado Buffaloes and Colorado State Rams, that leaves Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Utah to try and pry Jackson away from the Buckeyes.

    It's unlikely, though, given Ohio State is the only visit Jackson eyes this fall.

    “[I'm] not [sure which game] right now, but I will definitely make it to one,” Jackson said.
     
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    Adrian Jackson makes visit, Buckeyes still No. 1
    We had a big list of expected visitors on Dotting the ‘Eyes last Thursday, but those lists are never 100-percent accurate. Some players you expect to show up don’t, and some you don’t know are expected do show up. The latter is the case with Denver Mullen 4-star 2018 LB Adrian Jackson. If you need a refresher, it was Jackson — the country’s seventh-ranked outside linebacker in his class — who told Land of 10 in August that he was not really considering any schools other than Ohio State.

    “I’m not really looking in at other schools,” Jackson said then. “Not right now.

    What’s he saying now that he’s been back to Columbus for the first time since camping with the Buckeyes in June?

    “They’re still number one,” Jackson said. “It was the best visit.”

    What made the trip stand out for him?

    “The crowd was completely nuts,” he said. “I’ve never ever been in an atmosphere so hyped before in my life, and I liked the uniforms, too. They were pretty legit. But just looking around the whole stadium seeing it filled was crazy. It was definitely the place to be. The game day atmosphere was great.”

    Of course as a recruit, it’s not just about watching the game — it’s also about spending time with coaches.

    “I’m glad I got to talk to them before the game started,” he said. “My experience was good. I said hello to (Ohio State linebackers coach Luke Fickell) for a little bit and talked to (running backs coach Tony) Alford for a minute. I didn’t get to spend much time with them because you know it was game day.”

    So, Ohio State is still No. 1 on his list but is he still thinking about an early decision?

    “I am still thinking about it,” Jackson said. “I want to wait for all that after my junior season is over. Ohio State is just waiting for me to make the decision.”

    Jackson is a 6-foot-2, 210-pound safety now but he’s an outside linebacker all the way in college. The Buckeyes also hosted another of their top 2018 linebacker prospects, Toledo’s Dallas Gant, this weekend. They also had Palaie Gaoteote, arguably the country’s best linebacker for 2018, in a week ago. All three have Ohio State as the top — or close — school on their list. Will some tough decisions need to be made already?
     
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    FEELING MILE HIGH

    Following Saturday's game against Nebraska, Denver, Colorado, Mullen four-star linebacker Adrian Jackson said he's never been in such an atmosphere.

    "The game's energy vibe was really high," Jackson told Eleven Warriors. "From the crowd and from the players, they had that energy to dominate and that's what they did."

    The 6-foot-2, 210-pounder is considered the top player in the state and the seventh-best outside linebacker in the Class of 2018. He currently holds offers from Colorado, Colorado State, Michigan State, Missouri, Notre Dame, Nebraska and Utah, but Ohio State has been his leader for quite some time.

    "Ohio State is at the top of my list, while other schools stand behind," Jackson said. "The program is really organized. Everything they do is precise. They have that family atmosphere. They are always talking about brotherhood, and I like that."

    The distance between Columbus and Denver is not an issue for Jackson, as he previously told me he's looking to leave the state for college.
     
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    EVER-EVOLVING RECRUITING TRAIL

    There was a time not too long ago when Denver, Colorado, Mullen four-star linebacker Adrian Jackson looked like he'd eventually become a part of Ohio State's Supreme '18 recruiting class. He visited Columbus for last season's win over Nebraska and said the game's atmosphere and the program's camaraderie were second to none.

    Of course, things are always fluid on the recruiting trail — priorities change, new schools enter the fray, etc. — and on Saturday, Jackson committed to Oregon following its annual Spring Game. He was one of five prospects to pledge his services to the Ducks this weekend.

    “That whole culture and everybody there has built a family environment,” Jackson told Scout. “All the coaches were great and showed me they wanted me bad, and I felt that it was the right vibe for me.”

    The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Jackson is considered the seventh-best outside linebacker and No. 155 prospect overall. The decision sort of comes as a surprise, as Jackson hadn't yet announced a list of top schools — a rarity in today's world of social media where prospects announce their Top 15 schools regularly.

    Ohio State remains in pursuit of top-rated in-state prospects Dallas Gant and Christopher Oats, so Jackson's pledge isn't too devastating. But much like the aforementioned Wilson, there's always a chance the Buckeyes could flip him with a visit next fall.
     

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