As usual, Donte Jackson wasted little time.
The Riverdale senior athlete known for his blazing speed made his bond with LSU official at 9:24 a.m. Wednesday when he signed with the Tigers.
He held a signing ceremony earlier at 8 a.m. at his high school with family and teammates watching.
“I feel like I made the right decision and I’m happy,” Jackson said. “I feel like I can sleep at night with this one. I slept very well (Tuesday) night. I slept with the Tigers in my head and knowing that I would be playing in Death Valley next year.”
Jackson committed to LSU two weeks ago, choosing the Tigers over Georgia.
JC Shurburtt, a national recruiting analyst for 247Sports, compares Jackson to current LSU defensive back Tre’Davious White.
“They are a lot I alike in the sense that he is a guy who made a big move in our eyes — especially in his senior year,” Shurburtt said. “He is just an electric playmaker and he can play multiple spots on the field.”
Jackson, also a standout sprinter who won the Class 4A 100- and 200-meter titles last season, was one of the first players to sign with the Tigers on National Signing Day.
The versatile two-way player recorded 59 tackles and five interceptions. Offensively, accounted for 1,637 yards and 20 touchdowns.
Les Miles said on Wednesday that Jackson can be a punt and kick returner, can carry and catch and be a lockdown corner.
The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Jackson is a four-star prospect, rated the No. 3 recruit in Louisiana by 247Sports and Rivals.
“If you want to be rated high, you have to put in the extra and do a little more than everybody, and I always tried to do that,” Jackson said. “I always tried to do the extra work and do what a lot of guys wouldn’t do.”
Jackson played in the U.S. Army All-America Game in January, an all-star showcase of the top seniors in the nation.
“He is the most decorated player to come out of Riverdale,” said Brett Bonnafons, his high school coach.
Jackson is one of three cornerbacks in the Tigers’ 2016 signing class.
It’s a class Jackson thinks will win a national title.
And he looks forward to playing against players who didn’t choose LSU — like Fort Lauderdale, Florida, quarterback Torrance Gibson, who signed with Ohio State over LSU.
“He is a good friend; I’m happy for him,” Jackson said. “Now he has to get beat by us and throw picks to me.”