Local lineman enjoys visit

Canyon del Oro defensive lineman John Jackson took a visit to Arizona this past weekend. Read on to see how it went, how he is approaching his recruitment, and more.

The 2014 Tucson high school football class is one of the most talented in city history.

A few high-profile Tucsonans have already committed to UA, and Canyon del Oro defensive lineman John Jackson is another kid that would like an opportunity to play at the next level.

Making Jackson's prospects brighter is the fact that he is excelling at a new position.

"It's been an interesting season for me," Jackson said. "Coach moved me from defensive end to defensive tackle before the season. It was different for me, because playing on the inside has a lot more challenges."

The transition seems to be suiting Jackson well.

"Last season I had a lot of quarterback pressure where I wasn't able to finish off the quarterback," he said. "This season I've done a better of getting the sack and I think some of that is because I have a straight line rush to the quarterback."

Jackson's play has garnered the attention of the Arizona coaching staff.

"They've been sending me some stuff and wanted me to come out to the UCLA game," Jackson said.

The lineman came away impressed with what he was able to see.

"Even thought they lost, it was really cool how they fought back," Jackson said. "It wasn't just the game that was good though. I had a good time checking out the school and I got to talk with the coaches a little bit."

Jackson has yet to receive an offer from Arizona, but the coaching staff let him know it will continue to watch him.

"There wasn't an offer or anything, but the coaches said they were going to keep watching me and they want to see how the season plays out before making a move or anything," Jackson said.

That's fine with Jackson, who is in no hurry to end his recruitment.

"I'm getting some interest from different D-I schools, but all my offers are from lower division schools, so I'm going to play the season out and see who is interested in me," he said.

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