Sun Devils first to offer local 2017 lineman

Phoenix North Canyon may not have a recent track record of success on the football field, but it has been clearly established at this point that it currently has some Division I talent on its roster.

On Tuesday the school saw 2016 receiver John Okwoli offered by Washington State and 2017 offensive tackle Austin Jackson offered by Arizona State.

That's not bad for for a school that went 0-11 last year and has a 4-26 record over the last three seasons, and something that should help change its fortunes next year as the school drops down from Division I to III.

Jackson, who possesses a long lanky 6-foot-6 frame, is a two-way standout for North Canyon. He has started the last two years at tackle on offense and also plays defensive end. He had 56 tackles, 12 for loss and five sacks last year.

Last year, Jackson impressed as a freshman when we went to scout 2014 wide receiver Bryant O'Georgia.

“I played last year at 235 pounds,” Jackson said. “I am at 260-265 pounds right now and I want to get to 270-275 pounds next year.”

Arizona State offensive line coach Chris Thomsen is recruiting Jackson to play offensive tackle, which is fine with him as he indicated that position will not be a factor in his college decision.

“[ASU] wants me to come down for some spring practices,” Jackson said. “I will do that. I have not been down there much besides some football tournaments.”

Washington State offered Wednesday and other schools are also coming into the picture.

“I talked to Washington last week,” Jackson said. “They indicated that they will offer me. I know there are others but I have not really been paying attention.”

Football is still relatively new to Jackson who did not play the sport before his freshman season in 2014.

“In middle school I played basketball,” Jackson said. “I was like 6-foot-3 in middle school. [North Canyon head coach Cornelius Bowick] talked to my mom and I came out for football and I really liked the environment and the sport.”

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