USC cornerback Adoree’ Jackson will focus on the long jump this spring in an attempt to make the U.S. Olympic team, Trojans football coach Clay Helton said Sunday.
“When you get the opportunity to go work for the Olympics, you need to go work at that,” Helton said. “Really focus his energy on, hopefully, winning a gold medal. That [opportunity] was something that we promised him in recruiting.”
Jackson, the 2014 Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and an all-Pac-12 first-team defensive back, ranked outside the top 10 in the U.S. in the long jump for 2015 with a best leap of 7.91 meters. He placed fifth at the NCAA Championships.
Jackson must jump 8.05 meters or farther, indoors or outdoors, before June 27 to automatically qualify for the Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore., in July, but he might still make it without reaching that mark.
The top three at the Olympic trials are in line to make the U.S. team for Rio.
The No. 3 U.S. man this year recorded an 8.34-meter jump.
Jackson will try to follow the path of Buffalo Bills wide receiver Marquise Goodwin, who finished 10th in the 2012 Olympic long jump as a University of Texas wideout. Goodwin ranked seventh in the U.S. this year.
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