Jackson Garnering Attention Again

Marquis Jackson will be the first to admit that playing at a junior college at this stage of his football career is not what he had envisioned for himself. Judging by his freshman year, the defensive end is making the most out of his situation. Several schools, the Sun Devils included, have been taking notice, as Jackson is becoming one of the most sought after 2010 JC prospects on the west coast.

Marquis Jackson prepped at Van Nuys' Birmingham High School, and together with his twin brother Malik Jackson, anchored the Patriots' defensive line. As a senior, Marquis recorded 87 tackles, and was the second-leading sack leader with nine. He also had five pass deflections and led his squad with three fumble recoveries.

He tried to fulfill his dream playing together with Malik and also verbaled to Fresno State (Malik later on de-committed in favor of USC). However, he wasn't able to qualify academically which led him to sign with the College of the Canyons.

As a freshman the 6-4 235 Jackson earned All-Conference, All-State and State Defensive Player of the Year honors, as he recorded 60 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles-for-loss. He played both the weak and strong side, and mentioned that his preference playing the later position over the tight end.

"I do a good job keeping offensive linemen off of me and getting to the quarterback," he said of his skills. "I do a good job with my hands, my footwork and jumping off the ball. What I need to work on is recognizing different offensive packages.

"Coming out of high school I had to adjust to the speed of the game, but I think I did pretty good my freshman year."

Arizona State offered Jackson a scholarship a couple of months ago. UCLA and Minnesota are his other offers to date. Oregon State, USC, LSU are some of the schools that have been showing interest the last several weeks.

"Arizona State recruited me my senior year," Jackson stated. "I guess you could say that they never stopped recruiting me. I was there for their team camp last summer so I'm familiar with the school. I really like the environment there and it has a good campus life. "I can't wait to take my visit to ASU. When I can start taking trips that may be my first one. I'm definitely visiting there."

The defensive end is being recruited by ASU cornerbacks coach Greg Burns.

Even though the majority of the schools recruiting Jackson reside on the west coast, the defensive end doesn't have a strong preference to stay close to home and/or play in the Pac-10.

"I'm trying to explore all my options and take my visits before I decide," Jackson commented. "I'm looking for a school that will give me good exposure that plays in a good conference. I want to play for good coaches that can critique my game and help me get to the next level."

Jackson is on track to graduate in December and he'll have three years to play two. He realizes the high value that colleges put on signing a mid-year transfer, and his motivation on the field carries over to the classroom as he works on achieving his academic goal.

"Getting to a school in the spring and getting used to everything before the season starts will really help me," Jackson explained. "I'm gonna have so many credits in summer school it's not even funny. Junior college isn't where I'm supposed to be and I have to make the best of it and do what I need to do to graduate early and play D-I football."

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