Keynodo Hudson, then a defensive administration assistant at the University of Southern California, made the connection the instant Adoree’ Jackson arrived on campus.

The size, the position, the dynamism in the open field. The similarities were striking.

“He used to call me ‘Little Pacman,’” Jackson said. “After that, it pretty much stuck.”

A dozen years after the Titans drafted defensive back and return man Adam “Pacman” Jones with the sixth overall pick of the 2005 NFL draft, their most recent first-round selection, Jackson, drafted 18th overall in April, will have the opportunity to meet the man whose game he’s long modeled.

Jones returns to Nashville for the first time since his tumultuous tenure ended with a suspension from the NFL for off-the-field conduct — including six arrests and 12 incidents involving the police, which cost him the 2007 season — when his Bengals face the Titans on Sunday at Nissan Stadium.

Jones had four interceptions and led the league with three punt return touchdowns in 2006.

The Titans traded him to the Cowboys for a fourth-round draft pick in 2008.

“He's grown a lot since then,” longtime Bengals coach Marvin Lewis said on a conference call with reporters this week. “I was very close with (former Titans coach) Jeff (Fisher) and we had a lot of talks. Jeff talked to me about him a bunch. I think he's grown up a lot since those times.”

The 5-foot-11, 187-pound Jones has spent the last eight seasons in Cincinnati, and was named first-team All-Pro in 2014.