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A few years ago Gardena (Calif.) Serra High junior defensive back Adoree Jackson couldn't imagine being a high profile football recruit. As a youngster he was no stranger to the gridiron, but in his adolescent years he eventually became one.
"I played Pop Warner football that is where things started for me, but shortly after that I stopped playing," Jackson said. "I played for a few years at that level though."
Things picked up for him when he moved to California and started high school there. He didn't play at all during his freshman year, but his athleticism still drew plenty of attention.
"I like to run track but the coaches asked me to come out for football my sophomore year," he stated. "Then I played last year as well and things took off for me."
That may be an understatement, as he has really come on very strong with well over 20 offers. The young man is on his way to realizing his dream of playing college football. Each of them has generated a great deal of enthusiasm, but he admits a few of them have been particularly exhilarating. Michigan certainly was one that fit that distinction.
"That was very exciting for me that I received that offer it made Michigan very high on my list," said Jackson. "Michigan is a good school with a good education and great football tradition I like them because they are from the Midwest. I also see a program of past and present players that stick together as a team."
The staff in Ann Arbor is making it a point to stay on top of Jackson's recruitment, as evidenced by his most recent contact.
"(Wednesday) I spoke with (wide receiver's) Coach Jeff Hecklinski," Jackson reported. "He is a real cool laid back guy. We are just talking and getting to know each other right now and gaining a comfort level to build a stronger relationship."
Jackson has a few things that he clearly wants out of college as well as what he wants a college to have if they are to receive his commitment.
"I would like to run track when I get to college. Having a good coaching staff is important, playing for a great football community. I want to get a good education for life after football. I also want players on the team with my same mentality guys that want to win and ball out hard. Distance is not a factor for me."