Despite playing for one of the most noted high school programs in the state of Florida, Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee 2016 defensive end Kwanzi Jackson expected to stand out this past season and did just that.
“I definitely achieved all the goals I wanted to,” Jackson said. “I wanted to get 15 touchdowns and I got 25. I also wanted to pressure the passer or get to the ball every possession. I did that well.
“I can get better at that and that is why I’m working out and putting in time at the track. If you can play at this high school, you will be noticed by the recruiters and coaches.
"Playing at a school like Manatee only means I’m pushing myself against some of the best players in the city.”
At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Jackson can certainly afford to gain some weight.
“That what I’m trying to do," he said. "It’s hard because I want to maintain my speed because I like taking the ball the distance on offense, but I also have to know what my best skill is.”
Although recruiting has moved slowly, Jackson figures to garner more interest in the coming months.
“Teams like Kentucky and Pittsburgh are showing interest, Arizona as well, but it hasn't been too crazy," he said. "If I keep getting better, there will be more teams that notice.
“I haven’t gone on a visit or even have any set up, but I would definitely imagine I will take some visits if these places want me to.”