The Fighting Artichoke

Scottsdale (AZ) CC tight end Blake Jackson (6-4, 235) - one of the best in the junior college ranks and a proud Fighting Artichoke - now has a scholarship offer from Arkansas and the Razorbacks at the top of his list after a weekend visit.

When Scottsdale (AZ) Community College tight end Blake Jackson (6-4, 235) stepped off the plane in Arkansas Friday, he was hit by a burst of cold air.

But the Fighting Artichokes' standout didn't get back on the plane and instead ended up loving his unofficial look at the Razorback program.

The Arizona native also loved the 70-plus degree temperature for Saturday's Red-White game.

"I love Arkansas," Jackson said. "I love this school. It is everything I could have imagined…I didn't commit, but that could be the case soon. I loved everything about the Hogs. It was a great time."

Jackson, who visited with his mom and can be a mid-term graduate this December, left with a nice parting gift – an offer from the Razorbacks.

"I am very excited about the offer and now that I have it, Arkansas has to be at the top of my list right now," Jackson said. "I still have got to take some more visits and review some more things, but Arkansas is definitely in a great position with me. I definitely want to have it done before the season starts."

Jackson had 33 catches for 540 yards and 9 touchdowns last season for the Fighting Artichokes, who were 6-4.

Yep, the Fighting Artichokes.

Jackson was named to the Arizona Community College Athletic Conference post-season first team and also has offers from Pittsburgh, Texas A&M and Toledo.

"I am a play-maker, a tight end that can stretch the field – which is definitely a big part of Arkansas' offense," Jackson said. "That intrigues me a lot. I mean who doesn't love getting the ball? I am trying to get bigger and stronger and improve my blocking also."

He plays in the same junior college league as 2011 Arkansas linebacker signee Alonzo Highsmith, the league's defensive player of the year.

"It has helped me grow and develop and definitely helping me to get ready to step into the SEC and play," Jackson said. "I feel like I needed this extra year coming out of high school to get ready."

He also became aware of Razorback tight end D.J. Williams.

"I saw him receive the Mackey Award and I just loved his character," Jackson said. "Arkansas has a lot of great people around here so I love the environment."

There's an outside chance that Jackson might even be able to play during the 2011 season.

"I am even looking at taking enough courses that I could get out during the summer session and have three (years) to play three," Jackson said. "I might be able to do that and I am working hard on trying to get it figured out. If I could do that, it would definitely be a great opportunity for me."

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