USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson has Olympic aspirations.
He won the Pac-12 Conference long-jump title as a freshman and finished fifth in the NCAA championships with a leap of 25 feet, 11 inches.
Coach Steve Sarkisian said Friday that he would not stop Jackson from attempting to qualify for the 2016 Olympics.
“He’s got a lot of work to do to get to that caliber of a jumper,” Sarkisian said. ”But we’ll attack that when the season’s done.”
The qualifying standard for the this summer’s World Championships is 26 feet, 7 inches.
Buffalo Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin, a two-time NCAA champion, finished fourth in the U.S. Championships with a leap of 27 feet, 5 1/2 inches.
Marquis Denby was the top qualifier at 28 feet, 5 3/4 inches.
“We’re going to have a pretty good idea what the numbers are,” Sarkisian said. “If you’re not jumping 27 feet you’re going to have hard time making the Olympic team.”