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Three-star WR Michael Jackson III commits to USC!


As the saying goes, the rich get richer. Well, chalk up your USC Trojans as one of the members of the rich as they just quite literally got richer with talent.

Just a few days after Miller Moss pledged his allegiance to the Trojans class of 2021, three-star wide receiver prospect Michael Jackson III did the same. Jackson committed with a video and a graphic on social media.

Jackson is considered to be a top pass-catching target across the country, standing at 6’0 and nearly 200 pounds. He’s a shifty target with great hands and represents the third-best player in the state of Nevada. Jackson hails from Desert Pines High School in Las Vegas, Nevada and is the nation’s 411th-best prospect on the 247Sports Composite.

He had nearly 30 scholarship offers from schools all around the country but chose the Trojans and their Pac-12 leading recruiting class over basically the entire rest of the conference who had offered him.

He becomes commitment No. 14 for USC and joins his new quarterback in Moss, who committed over UCLA just a few days prior.

Perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Jackson’s whole commitment is the comparisons that he draws. 247Sports Mountain Region Recruiting Analyst Blair Angulo pens that he compares to former USC WR Deontay Burnett, who was a top receiving target from the slot before the slot receiver position was so widely used in the Air Raid offense at USC now.

Angulo continued his evaluation on Jackson:

Thickly built and solid frame, with decent length and physical upside. Strong lower half. Dynamic pass-catcher who thrives on underneath routes. Elusive in open field and dangerous after gaining possession. Constant threat to gain large chunks of yards. Shows good instincts as route runner, particularly by gaining separation early in plays. Reliable set of hands and ability to go up for the ball. Could widen catch radius and become more consistent out of breaks. Potential multi-year starter at Power Five level with chance to garner NFL Draft attention.

Jackson is also a two-sport athlete with track & field background in both the 100-meter and 200-meter sprints. He had a 11.44 personal-best in the 100-meters as a sophomore in high school.

The rich, did in fact, get richer.