USC cornerbacks coach Donte Williams will have a fair bit to say about the play of some young NFL cornerbacks this upcoming season, as well as one veteran hoping to make an impact in a new home.
Adoree’ Jackson never played under Williams while he was at USC, but he’s spending some of this offseason getting coached up by the Trojans assistant coach on the USC campus. One of USC’s recent legends and a guy who carries plenty of weight when it comes to recruits considering the Trojans, Adoree’ Jackson is still very much a fan and program favorite around USC.
Jackson was released by the Titans but did very well for himself in free agency, landing a three-year, $39 million deal with the New York Giants that could potentially go as high as $44.5 million with incentives. He’ll join fellow former USC defensive standout Leonard Williams in New York, but not before he spends some time in Los Angeles working with Williams.
Williams will send two Oregon cornerbacks to the NFL this year. Deommodore Lenoir was a fifth-round pick of the San Fransisco 49ers and Thomas Graham signed as an undrafted free agent with the Chicago Bears. He’ll also claim Olaijah Griffin as a player he helped produce, as Griffin looks to stick with the Buffalo Bills as an undrafted free agent.
Williams is known as one of the best recruiters in college football, but considering the production he was able to get out of the cornerback position at Oregon, the improvement in the USC cornerbacks this past fall and that NFL players are coming to him for offseason work, there’s reason to believe when coaches like Clay Helton and Todd Orlando are making sure Williams gets mentioned as a great football coach, rather than just a great recruiter. That’s also evident in his salary and responsibility bump, now holding positions as cornerbacks coach and associate head coach for the Trojans.
Looking forward at the position for USC, the Trojans will welcome in two four-star cornerbacks in Ceyair Wright and Prophet Brown this summer, and already hold commitments from two major prospects in the 2022 class, in five-star Domani Jackson (Santa Ana, Calif./Mater Dei) and four-star Fabian Ross (Las Vegas/Bishop Gorman).
Jackson being back on campus also gives an excuse to watch his USC highlights again.