Sun Devils Leading in the Jackson Sweepstakes

50 touchdowns in a season? What does one do for an encore? Running back Terrell Jackson wouldn't mind repeating that feat in his senior year, and ASU just may be the one to enjoy his services at the collegiate level. DevilsDigest recently interviewed one of the best backs in the West Coast on his feelings towards ASU.

Terrell Jackson is thrilled at the experience he had at ASU's summer camp last month, as well as the scholarship offer extended to him at that time. "Recruiting with ASU is going pretty good" He says, "They're showing a lot of interest. I'm very excited they offered me and they're probably the #1 school on my list." In specific the running back talked about the warm ambiance and winning attitude that has helped him fall in love with Dirk Koetter's team. "When I went down there they showed a lot of interest and I liked the family atmosphere. They really care for the student athlete. All the coaches and players I met are real cool guys. Koetter is a young coach who knows what he's doing and he has the team on the rise."

Having a former high school teammate donning the maroon and gold has also helped shaped Jackson's feelings towards the Devils. "(Wide receiver) Terry Richardson played with me at Centennial. We both started on the team and we're real tight. But he's not really recruiting me hard. He tells me the good and the bad things about the school. I probably don't have that at other schools. The bad stuff wasn't enough to scare me away (smile)."

The running back lists Washington, Oregon State, Arizona, Cal, and Hawaii as the other schools that have offered him. He singles out two other schools that along with ASU round up his top three. "Washington and Oregon State are all up there. ASU is in the lead but Washington is coming on strong right now."

When Jackson talks about his skills he starts out by saying "I can do everything." With 50 touchdowns (44 rushing), 2,334 rushing yards, and 25 catches for 422 yards you would be hard pressed to disagree with such a lofty self-evaluation. "I run between the tackles and I can get to the outside. I can catch from the backfield too…I'm more of the Marshall Faulk type of back. I do need to work on are holding my blocks and protecting the quarterback." While he has more than earned the right to praise himself, he's comes across very humble when talking about his amazing feat of scoring 50 times. "I couldn't do it without my team. They helped me with the blocking and allowed me to run through some big holes. I give all the credit to my teammates and to my coaches for preparing me week in and week out."

The ASU-USC game in October is probably one of the most eagerly anticipated games in recent Sun Devil history. Consequently, that is the weekend that Jackson would like to schedule for his official visit to Tempe. Nevertheless, don't expect him to pull the trigger early in the season. "I want to visit ASU when they play USC. But even if I have a great visit, I'll still visit other schools. The best I've seen is ASU, but I can't judge other schools before I visit them..I really want to visit Washington and Oregon State. I like (Washington) coach Gilbertson. I talked with him on the phone for 30 minutes, and he's a real cool guy…I just want to see what else is out there. I have some other schools I want to get offers from."

The decision on the school of his choice may not be wrapped up, but his academics are a different matter – he boasts a 3.0 GPA and scored an 890 on his SAT, which in essence qualifies him. Terrell Jackson has taken care of business on and off the field. This fall ASU fans will learn if the team will be able to accomplish the task of landing arguably the best rusher in Pac-10 country.

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