Three-star prospect Garrett Jackson took his game to another level over the course of the summer playing for the I-5 Elite travel team. Next year he will take his game to the Pac-10.
With Washington, Oregon State, Washington State, Saint Mary's and San Diego all pursuing him, Jackson cut his recruitment short after meeting with USC coach Kevin O'Neill at his school Thursday.
"My mom and high school coach and me sat down with Coach O'Neill to talk about our concerns with the situation there," said Jackson, a 6-foot-6, 195-pound small forward from Portland (Ore.) Westview High School. "We liked what we heard and feel comfortable with the situation. The academics are great and the opportunity for playing time there is attractive. Plus Coach O'Neill is a great coach and will push me to the limit and get the most out of me."
USC will be back to conduct an in-home visit Tuesday, and Jackson will officially visit the campus on the weekend of Sept. 26.
A quality shooter, Jackson can also make plays around the basket. This versatility and his steady improvement impressed the USC staff.
"They like the way I shoot the ball and think I bring different things to the table," he said. "The were impressed with how I've developed my guard skills and think I can be a big guard for them."