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#CFBTop25: No. 12, Adoree' Jackson, CB, USC

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USC's Adoree' Jackson is a playmaker in all three phases of football (offense, defense and special teams), and is arguably the best athlete in the college game. He had a 46-yard pick six during the 2015 season, and also had 27 receptions for 414 yards and two touchdowns. In addition, he returned two punt returns for touchdowns.

CFB 24/7 is marking the days to the start of the 2016 season by counting down the top 25 players in college football.

Jackson -- who checked in at No. 18 in last year's #CFBTop20 countdown -- indicated last month at Pac-12 Media Days that his role on offense will be limited this fall, which should aid his development as a cornerback. Jackson appears on the preseason watch lists for the Jim Thorpe Award and Paul Hornung Award.

Pulling back the curtain on the vote


Jackson earned votes from six of seven CFB 24/7 experts, including one top-10 vote. Jackson -- who also made a bid for a spot on the 2016 U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team -- rated No. 2 in a "16 for '16" countdown of college football's most freakish athletes.

What some of our analysts are saying about Jackson


"Jackson made plays in all three phases last year (offense, defense, special teams). The plan is to lighten his load on offense this season and I believe he will establish himself as one of the best defenders in the country." -- Daniel Jeremiah

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"Spectacular three-way player with a flair for the dramatic. Jackson will concentrate more on refining his cover skills this fall, but he is capable of delivering splash plays as an occasional receive or returner for the Trojans." -- Bucky Brooks

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"Whether he's contributing to the return game (two kickoff-return TDs in 2014, two punt-return TDs in 2015), offense (37 receptions the past two years) or defense (18 career PBUs), Jackson makes things happen for the Trojans." -- Chad Reuter

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"Perhaps the best athlete in the country. He has Olympic aspirations for 2020, but right now he is an ultra-talented CB who would be a All-American player on offense if he played it full-time." -- Charles Davis

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"If the All-Pac-12 cornerback makes a few big plays in big games in his side roles as a receiver and return specialist, don't be shocked if he draws Heisman consideration -- that's what helped push Charles Woodson's 1997 campaign." -- Chase Goodbread

Where do fans rank Jackson?


We asked Twitter users who they considered the best player in college football. Jackson earned enough votes to finish in sixth place among fans. As a three-way star for a high-profile program in a major market, it's no surprise that he was a popular choice with fans. It probably also helps that Jackson was in the news over the summer due to as he pursued his Olympic dream.

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