This electric two-way standout could be in for an even more impactful 2015 season. After starting every game at cornerback last season and catching three touchdowns on offense, Adoree' Jackson showcased a brief glimpse into what can transpire when the five-star athlete was making plays on the field.
What everyone is salivating over is the talent Jackson has, and the impending growth that will take place after another offseason under head coach Steve Sarkisian. After emerging into one of the top cover corners in the Pac-12 last season, coach Sarkisian hinted at using Jackson more on the offensive side of the ball this season.
Along with famed kick and punt return abilities, Jackson adds a unique blend of speed and precision to the game. Did we forget to mention that Jackson also competes on the USC Track and Field team. Jackson placed fourth in the men's long jump with a best leap of 24-7.75 (7.51m) at the Rod McCravy Invitational in Lexington, Kentucky.
Jackson was the only jumper to post four jumps of at least 24 feet and he advanced out of the preliminary rounds with a best jump of 24-5, which placed second overall in the qualifying round. Combine all that athleticism and ESPN.com's Travis Haney ranked Jackson as the breakout player to watch in all of College Football for the 2015 season.
1. Adoree' Jackson, USC DB/WR
You'll notice a running theme in this post of jack-of-all-trades, two-way utility athletes, and Jackson is the best of the bunch.
The tug o' war will continue between the Trojans' offensive and defensive coaches, because he has the ability to change a game whichever side of the ball he is on. He mostly played corner, registering 50 tackles, but a 71-yard touchdown catch in the bowl win against Nebraska served as a reminder of the possibilities on offense.
And he will continue to impact a game in a third way, as he did when he returned a kick 98 yards for a score against the Huskers.
As valuable as he was as a freshman, relying often on instincts, Jackson could easily evolve into a Heisman-type player in the next year or two. This gen's Charles Woodson?
Did we forget to mention his CIF All-State talent in the long jump, dating back to his famed prep days at Gardena Serra High School, translated right back to intense NCAA competition following an entire season on the football gridiron.