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Lincoln Riley announces 'short-term' injury to cornerback Domani Jackson

Nick Schultz08/23/22
Article written by:On3 imageNick Schultz


Domani Jackson
USC Freshman defensive back Domani Jackson. Photo credit; Scott Schrader & WeAreSC.com

Domani Jackson was a big piece of the incoming freshman recruiting class at USC. But Lincoln Riley revealed the highly touted cornerback recruit is dealing with an injury and hasn’t practiced recently.

Jackson is dealing with a “short-term injury,” Riley announced on Tuesday. The first-year Trojans coach said it’s “unfortunate,” according to USCTrojans.com reporter Keely Eure. He was coming off a knee injury he suffered prior to his high school senior season and was settling in well before this latest setback, Riley said earlier this month. It’s unclear how long this latest setback will keep him on the sidelines.

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A Five Star Plus+ recruit, Jackson was the No. 5 player in the nation from the class of 2022, according to the On3 Consensus, a complete and equally weighted industry-generated average that utilizes all four major recruiting media companies.

Lincoln Riley on freshman cornerback Domani Jackson’s progress in camp: ‘You really see some flashes’

Riley previously updated Jackson’s status as he gets ready for his freshman season on Aug. 13. He said his star cornerback was adjusting to the college game well, especially considering he couldn’t do much during the spring.

“He’s done a good job,” Riley said. “He has. It’s good to have him, obviously, back healthy. Disappointed he wasn’t able to do a lot this spring but he had a really good summer. Got his body in shape. You really see some flashes. You see some of the physical traits that he has, the speed.

“He’s also very, very strong for a player at his position at his age. I think each day, there’s more and more plays where he’s able to turn it loose and use those physical abilities. Each day, he’s thinking less, understanding it more. He’s been a good competitor. He certainly has a bright future.”