Notre Dame head coach Brian Kelly didn't just earn a victory during his trip to Los Angeles. The Fighting Irish coach stuck around through the weekend and made a big impression on Watch List cornerback Adoree' Jackson (Gardena, Calif./Serra), when he visited Serra High School on Monday morning.
"That was a big thing for a head coach to come down to your school to see you," Jackson said. "It's especially big thing for a head coach to do that. That's the first head coach I've seen around school."
Jackson, who holds eight scholarship offers, said he has been in touch with Arizona and USC coaches recently. The Trojans have seemingly been on the verge of extending an offer for some time now, and they might not be the only program showing increased interest.
"I know USC always talks about offering sometime soon," Jackson said. "And Notre Dame told my coach they like me a lot and they could offer."
Originally from Illinois, Jackson often visited his family in Mississippi and said he grew to appreciate the brand of football they play in the South. LSU has always been a favorite school for him, but Jackson said he hasn't been in contact much with the Tigers' staff.
But before recruiting gets too hectic, Jackson and his teammates have one more game to play this season, as Serra finds itself in a rematch with West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade, a team that beat them 28-20 earlier this season.
"Chaminade was the only team that put that many points up against us and after that game, we said we needed to come together as a team, offensively and defensively," Jackson said. "I really wanted Chaminade to win [in the semifinals] because they already beat us. I really wanted to play them again. It's a great feeling to be able to play tham again at home."