It's rare to have a team's standout superstar play on the defensive side of the football, particularly at the prep level, where running backs and dual threat quarterbacks routinely run roughshod over defenses. Yet, just as Michigan's Charles Woodson once changed the perception of the impact that a great defensive player could have at the collegiate level, Adoree' Jackson is beginning to do for high school football.
Jackson, who has emerged as a remarkable catalyst for Serra High (Gardena, Calif.), found a way to score one touchdowns and set up another with two remarkable plays in fewer than six minutes during his squad's 37-13 victory against Narbonne (Harbor City, Calif.). Both touchdowns were on returns, and both were good enough to land on ESPN's Top 10 plays.
First, Jackson picked off a Narbonne pass in his own end zone. Rather than play it safe and take a knee, Jackson decided that he would exert himself as his squad's standout playmaker, cutting upfield and eluding a host of would-be Narbonne tacklers en route to a blazing 101-yard touchdown return.
The senior's second touchdown was even more spectacular.
Lining up to punt, Jackson instead took the snap and took off downfield. He blazed around the right side and completely left the entire Narbonne defense in the dust.
With just two men to beat, Jackson easily hurdled over one and then was eventually wrestled down after a near 60-yard gain that completely caught Narbonne off guard.
These plays exhibit the athleticism that has made Jackson the number 7 overall prospect in the Class of 2014 according to Rivals.com. He's considered the nation's top defensive back recruit, and he's wanted by just about every program in the nation, with scholarship offers from the likes of Florida, Florida State, LSU, Michigan, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Oregon and UCLA and USC closer to home.
Whoever lands Jackson will be getting a playmaker extraordinaire. There's little question he'll be involved from day one with the ability to make plays like he showed against Narbonne.