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June 3, 2013

Five-Star Challenge: Match-up No. 5


MORE: Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge

Rivals.com is counting down the top 10 match-ups we can't wait to watch at the second annual Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge presented by Under Armour heading into the event at Soldier Field in Chicago. Today, it's WR Ermon Lane vs. CB Adoree Jackson.

WR Ermon Lane, Homestead, Fla.
vs.
CB Adoree' Jackson, Gardena (Calif.) Junipero Serra

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Why Lane has an edge: Lane possesses the size-to-speed ratio to create a mismatch against the nation's top defenders. Lane's ability as a legit vertical threat, to go with tremendous body control and ball skills, is second-to-none. He can high-point the ball against the shorter Jackson or get a clean release because of his speed. The four-star flanker can use his body to shield off Jackson in the red zone or get behind him on go routes. It's a pick-you-poison scenario with Lane.
-- Kynon Codrington, Southeast recruiting analyst

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Why Jackson has an edge: There might be a little "rust" factor with Jackson since he's only played in a handful of 7-on-7 tournaments this spring while he focused on track season, but once he gets going, there might not be a more athletic cornerback in this class. Jackson is a little undersized but he has incredible cover skills whether it's with his feet, his jumping ability to knock balls down or his instincts to break on a ball and either intercept it or deflect it. He's comfortable playing on an island, has a lot of confidence, and because of his superb athleticism he's never out of a play even if he's a step slow early on.
-- Adam Gorney, West recruiting analyst

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Overall edge: Jackson is an amazing athlete and plays much bigger than his size, but Lane will be a tough match-up for him because he has such a repertoire of skills and the wideouts always have an advantage in these situations. With Jackson focusing on track much of this spring, he might not be as sharp as he normally would and cornerbacks need to be on top of their game to win one-on-ones in camps. Jackson will have some added incentive playing in front of friends and family in the Chicago area, but in this case it won't be enough.
-- Mike Farrell, national recruiting analyst

MORE: No. 10: Hyatt vs. Beckner Jr. | No. 9: Hood vs. Hamilton | No. 8: Mixon vs. Bates |
No. 7: Brown vs. Knox | No. 6: Michel vs. Williams



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