Louisiana prep middle linebacker and Arkansas recruiting target Kendrick Jackson has achieved perfection with his team and is continuing to strive for it as a individual.
Jackson (6-1, 232) had 112 tackles last season – 27 stops for lost yardage – while helping lead his Haynesville team to a perfect 14-0 mark and a LHSSA Class 1A state championship.
"It really was a fantastic year for us and we really came together and played well," Jackson said. "It's about putting in the time and the work and getting better every day. That is what I am trying to do as a player also."
Jackson was named the state title game's Most Oustanding Player after he forced a fumble and recovered it in the end zone for what proved to be the game's biggest play.
That play and score happened in a tie ballgame and sparked 21 unanswered points in a 42-21 win over Mangham in the title game to give Golden Tornadoes 16 state title in history.
"I just tried to make a play and it worked out for us," Jackson said. "We have a lot of great players and it was just my time to make a play."
His effort last season has earned him 13 offers, including one from Arkansas – a place he hopes to visit this summer.
"I have had a chance to look (online) at their facilities and they are great, especially the weight room," Jackson said. "I could see that as a big help to me as I get bigger and stronger after I get on to college."
Among Jackson's other offers are Hawaii, Tulsa, Arkansas State, Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Lafayette, Louisiana-Monroe, Georgia State, Indiana State, South Alabama and Memphis.
He is also drawing interest from LSU and Boise State among others.
"Arkansas is at the very top of my list," Jackson said. "In fact, I would like to get up there and see the place and commit. I am hoping to do that this summer, but if not I will take an official visit during the season."
Jackson is the prototypical middle linebacker.
"I have good size, I love to hit, love the contact, but I also feel like I am very good in coverage," Jackson said. "I believe I can play in the SEC and I believe I can have a very good career."
Arkansas Leads For Jackson
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