Adoree' Jackson on track to play offense, defense and special teams

Adoree' Jackson on track to play offense, defense and special teams
Adoree' Jackson is learning a number of positions this season. (Jae C. Hong / Associated Press)

Adoree’ Jackson spent much of USC’s practice Wednesday jogging back and forth between offensive drills at one end of the practice facility and defensive drills at the other.

The freshman has been working at cornerback, but will probably have more initial opportunities as a receiver and kick returner.

“For Adoree’ to be able to do both sides of the ball the way he has, not just physically but mentally handle it, has been really impressive,” Coach Steve Sarkisian said Wednesday night.

Jackson said he did not have a preference for one position over another.

"I'm just enjoying the whole process getting acclimated to college football," he said. "I'm having a blast and just trying to learn everything to perfect my craft and get better every day."

Jackson, who played at Gardena Serra High, was the Trojans' most high-profile recruit. He said he "wanted to learn everything, not try to come in and act like I've been here before and have done this before. I just wanted to come in and learn and take everything in and get the older guys' trust as well and see where I can go from there."

Jackson said he has refrained from "getting distracted with social media" while immersing himself in USC's playbook.

"If I wanted to get on the field to show the coaches and earn their trust, I needed to show them I'm doing the right things by being in the playbook and putting the extra hours in," he said.