For a long time Fort Smith Southside's Isaac Jackson has been strictly a quarterback and that's what he wants to stay when he makes the jump to college.
So the versatile 6-3, 215-pound Jackson – who certainly has the athleticism to play several positions on the next level – was thrilled when Arkansas told him last weekend that they looked at him as a signal caller and not a wide receiver.
"I've been playing quarterback for 11 years now and that's really what I want to do in college," Jackson said. "I was very excited when I got up there to talk to the Arkansas coaches and that's what they saw me as. It was really good to be able to see not only the facilities they have now, but the ones they are building. It was a great visit and I got to learn a lot about who they are and what they are about."
Jackson, who rushed and passed for over 1,000 yards each this season, got an offer from Arkansas State last week, has visited LSU, Mississippi State and Arkansas on consecutive weekends.
"They were all great visits, but Arkansas was by far and away the one that I came away with the most knowledge," Jackson said. "They really let me know all about the athletic and academic sides of the University and showed me things that they stress both on and off the field."
That includes a look at Arkansas' new offense, which will be a mixture of the run-oriented one that new Razorback head coach Bret Bielema ran at Wisconsin and the pass-happy one that new offensive coordinator Jim Chaney ran at Tennessee.
"It is going to a pro-style offense – which is the complete opposite of the wide-open spread that we run at Southside," Jackson said. "Coach Chaney showed me what they are trying to do as far as having balance between the running game and the passing game. It is one that I think I could learn and have success in if the opportunity comes about for me to end up at Arkansas."
LSU is recruiting Jackson – whose dad Ike was a quarterback for Fort Smith Northside and Oklahoma State - as an athlete while Mississippi State has told him they are strictly recruiting him as a quarterback.
Arkansas already has a commitment from 2014 quarterback Rafe Peavey of Bolivar (MO), but Bielema made it clear to Jackson that he plans to sign two in this upcoming recruiting class.
"Normally he would just sign one a year, but he wants to sign two next year and he wants them to be different types of quarterbacks," Jackson said. "He said that he thinks there is a lot to be said for having two different guys that can do different things and keep a defense off-balance."
Jackson is attending a Under Armour Combine in Dallas this weekend and is hoping he does well there and it will be a springboard to a flood of offers coming in.
"I am just going to keep working hard and try to improve on every aspect of my game," Jackson said. "I know the harder I work the better chance of have of opening up some doors recruiting for myself."
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