Domani Jackson made his debut for USC on Saturday against Oregon State.

The true freshman cornerback got in the game for six snaps on defense and finished with a pair of tackles in the Trojans’ 17-14 win. Coach Lincoln Riley said on Tuesday when he met with reporters that Jackson is finally getting healthy and he liked what he saw from the corner in his limited action.

“I was excited about how he starter, but just the beginning,” Riley said.

“He earned a role and did a good job with it,” Riley said. “As he gets healthy and gets back on the field more, hopefully he can keep playing well and improving and building opportunities for himself because he is talented.”

Jackson suffered a knee injury during his senior season of high school ball at Mater Dei and it kept him limited for most of spring ball. He was a full participant at the start of training camp, but another leg injury kept him out of the first three games of the season.

Ceyair Wright and Mekhi Blackmon played the lion’s share of the snaps on Saturday, but Jackson should be able to carve out a role for himself as he gets healthier and more comfortable in the defense. He was a 5-star prospect as a recruit, ranked as the top player in the state of California for the 2022 class, as well as the fifth-best overall recruit.

The defense had its best game of the season, and getting another potential playmaker for the pass defense up to speed is certainly another positive development for a group that already leads the country in interceptions.