Jackson Ready For 2015's Big Day

While finishing up its 2014 recruiting haul, Arkansas' coaches have also been keeping tabs on its 2015 pledges - including Conway junior offensive lineman Colton Jackson (6-6, 290), who is already looking forward to his own signing day a year away.

One of the more interested fans in how Arkansas' 2014 recruiting class is shaping up for Wednesday's national signing date will be a part of the big day in 2014.

That would be Conway junior offensive lineman Colton Jackson (6-6, 290), just one of a plethora of interior greats the Razorbacks have lined up in the next two classes.

"It's been great seeing us get all the guys on the offensive line and I can't wait to be a part of that," Jackson said. "I can't wait for the day next year I get to sign."

Arkansas has commitments from 2014 offensive line prospects in Brian Wallace (6-6, 300), Frank Ragnow (6-6, 290), Sebastian Tretola (6-5, 315) and Jovan Pruitt (6-5, 302) – all citing Razorback offensive line coach Sam Pittman and head coach Bret Bielema as key factors in their decisions.

Jackson joins Lewisville, Texas, Hebron's Zach Rogers (6-3, 300) – the nation's top center prospect per Scout.com - as two of five pledges in a 2015 class that is already a top 10 class nationally.

That's on top of the 2013 class of starters Denver Kirkland and Dan Skipper and Reeve Koehler, who redshirted last season but is expected to bid for a starting spot this season.

"I love what Coach Pittman and Coach Bielema have gotten down with the recruiting of the offensive line – both this year and next," Jackson said. "I really think we have a chance to pave the way for greatness."

Jackson and Rogers join Charleston quarterback Ty Storey (6-3, 222), Junction City defensive end Jamario Bell (6-6, 230) and defensive end Hjalte Froholdt (6-5, 275) in the Razorbacks' 2015 class so far.

"Coach Bielema and (Arkansas assistant) Coach (Barry) Lunney came to see me two weeks ago and Coach Bielema again last week," Jackson said. "I am having a great time building that relationship."

The Arkansas coaches will spend Wednesday calling some other 2015 prospects as well to keep the momentum going with that class.

"Our 2015 class could be one of the best ever in school history," Jackson added. "I really do."

Jackson is coming off a season in which Conway went 9-3 and he played well individually.

The Wampus Cats beat Springdale Harber 52-42 in the quarterfinals before falling to eventual state champion Bentonville in the semifinals.

It was the first time Conway head reached the semifinals since 2003, when they had former Razorback Peyton Hillis powering the way.

"It was a great year for us as a team because we went farther than any other Conway team in 10 years," Jackson said. "So I thought we had a great year.

"As for how I played, I thought I did a really good job, but I can always get better with technique," Jackson added. "I am just going to keep working hard to be the best player I can be."



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