Jackson Has Big Goals

Arkansas defensive tackle pledge and U.S. Army All-American Bijhon Jackson (6-2, 320) had planned on being in Fayetteville this weekend with his future teammates, but instead he helped lead his team to a state title as El Dorado downed Pine Bluff 31-24 in the Class 6A championship game.

Arkansas defensive tackle pledge Bijhon Jackson's original plan was to be in Fayetteville this weekend with many of his future teammates and with plans to help the Razorback coaching staff convert some visitors that are still deciding.

But last weekend's inclement weather got in the way and instead the 6-2, 320-pound star was busy leading his Wildcats to another Class 6A state title Saturday night when they downed Pine Bluff 31-24 at Little Rock's War Memorial Stadium.

"It was set up perfect so that we could play in the state title game and then I could go up there to Fayetteville and be with my guys, but the weather messed that up," Jackson said. "So I'll just have to come up in January (17-19) and try and help out then."

He'll play two games before then with the state title battle and the prestigious U.S. Army All-American game also on tap for him on Jan. 4 in San Antonio.

"I guess the way it worked out it's better for me when you talk about the Army All-American game," Jackson said. "It gave me an extra week to keep grinding and staying in football shape. I'm going to go try and rep my state and my Razorbacks and let everybody know we are going to turn things around."

Jackson and Springdale Har-Ber defensive tackle Josh Frazier – his good friend that also born on same November day as Jackson – are regarded as the two best players in the state.

Some services have Jackson at the top, others have Frazier – whose chose to commit to Alabama over Arkansas.

Jackson also had an offer to Alabama, but chose to stay home.

"Hey, I'm not mad at him and he's got to do what he has got to do what he thinks is best for himself," Jackson said. "I mean Alabama's been really good so it's hard to criticize him going there.

"But it's all about Arkansas for me – always has been and always will be," Jackson added. "To me it is going to mean more to me to help put my state and my team back on top than going out of state.

"That's one thing I have been trying to stress to the guys here in Arkansas that we are trying to get to come with us – let's do this together because there is no better support anywhere than here in Arkansas because it is THE football program here," Jackson added.

Jackson has also been doing his part to land out-of-state guys.

"To get to where we want to go, we need to get the best of the best in Arkansas and go add some key players at key positions from other places," Jackson said. "That's the goal.

"I think this class and another one – with all those great juniors we have committed – are going to get us back to the top," Jackson said. "I'm coming to do my part."

He believes that Arkansas defensive line Coach Charlie Partridge will have a big hand in the Razorbacks climbing back up the SEC ladder.

"He's just a great coach and all you have to see to know that is how much better the defensive line guys were this season than they were last season," Jackson said. "They made plays and gave the defense a chance, but we just have to get the guys behind them to that level as well.

"I am really, really excited to work with Coach Patridge," Jackson said. "I know he is going to get the best out of me."

El Dorado head coach Scott Reed and Bijhon Jackson

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