After announcing his arrival during a spectacular sophomore season, El Dorado defensive tackle Bijhon Jackson will go into his junior campaign with at least one offer.
Jackson (6-2, 312) is one of two young in-state defensive linemen – the other being Springdale Har-Ber's Josh Frazier – that Arkansas offered back in May.
"It was so exciting when I got the offer from Arkansas because I grew up a Razorback fan," Jackson said. "I was really surprised that I got it so early. But it made me feel great and I think it might open some doors for me down the line in terms of rankings and stuff like that."
Jackson, who will be on hand for Arkansas' Elite Camp on July 21, actually burst on the scene at last season's Razorback Camp when he dominated older offensive linemen.
"I think I showed the Arkansas coaches at the camp how strong I was and they liked what they saw," Jackson said. "I think I am really good at the bull rush, but I probably need to work on getting off the blocks a little more. Honestly, I have been able to just run over everybody so far and I know that is not going to continue happening as I get older and move up to college. So that is what I will be working on the most in camps."
He has already attended Alabama's one day camp and has plans to be at both LSU and Ole Miss events in addition to the aforementioned one in Fayetteville.
"I was doing okay at the Alabama camp before I got hurt when an offensive lineman fell on my shoulder," Jackson said. "But it's fine now and I am good to go."
Jackson had 47 tackles, 8 for lost yardage, 2 sacks and a pair of forced fumbles while starting all 14 games for a Wildcats' squad that went 13-1 and won its third straight Class 6A state title.
"I think the biggest thing is that we just have a great coaching staff and we just have a lot of pride and a lot of talent," Jackson said. "We just want to keep building off what the last team did and get better."
El Dorado brings back just one starter on the offensive line and is breaking in a entire new secondary, but Jackson is just one of four starting defensive lineman back.
That group was key in pitching three shutouts and allowing an average of just 15 points per game last season.
"I think we have got a pretty good shot to get back to the state title game because the guys we have that will be stepping up this year are good players as well," Jackson said. "It's just about working hard in the off-season and putting our mind to it once we start practice."
Jackson thinks that Arkansas State is about to offer him and hopes to get an offer from Alabama and others as well.
"If Alabama were to offer, it would be a tough choice between them and Arkansas, but all of my family are Razorbacks fans and that would probably make the difference," Jackson said. "I'm also kind of waiting to see what is going to happen with the coaching staff there at Arkansas. I really like those guys."
He is especially fond of Arkansas defensive ends coach Steve Caldwell.
"I really think he is a guy that would be a great coach for me and help me reach my full potential," Jackson said. "I would love to be coached by him because he is such a great coach and a great guy."
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