Adoree Jackson (247Sports photo)
KNOXVILLE, Tennessee — With National Signing Day now in sight, Tennessee’s class has started to take a clearer form in the last four days.
Running back Derrell Scott is in.
Commitments who were visiting elsewhere, like defensive lineman Dewayne Hendrix, appear to be solidified (although other schools are still working to flip Cory Thomas and Derek Barnett).
Last-second additions like Wisconsin commitment Craig Evans seem to be off the table.
So where does that leave the drama between now and National Signing Day?
Look West to five-star cornerback Adoree Jackson.
J.C. Shurburtt‘s comments Tuesday (listen to them here on GVX Audio) suggested that Tennessee is no more a long shot than any other team in the quest to sign Jackson, the No. 1 corner in the nation in the 247Sports Composite.
ESPNU’s College Football Live featured Jackson on Tuesday night, focusing on his overall athletic ability (Jackson punts too, by the way), but especially his passion for track.
Jackson said his goal is to compete in the 2016 Olympics in the long jump.
Jackson has previously listed Southern California, UCLA, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma and Tennessee as his finalists.
USC and Florida have generally been considered the teams to beat. But the decision is tough to predict. Jackson’s parents live in East St. Louis, Ill. — where Tennessee’s staff has visited more than once — while he lives with his sister in California.
Jackson plans to announce on National Signing Day, ensuring some last-second suspense for fans of his final teams.