Koilan Jackson Knows the Recruiting Process

Little Rock Parkview wide receiver Koilan Jackson has an advantage over most other recruits thanks to his brother and his dad.

Koilan Jackson has an advantage over most other recruits.

The Little Rock Parkview wide receiver is entering his senior season, but already knows a lot about the recruiting process thanks to his older brother, Kenyon, who signed with Illinois earlier this month.

"It was interesting because when he was talking to coaches, I always thought it would be different than it actually is," Jackson said. "The coaches were really cool. It's cool to know that he went through that and I'm about to go through all of that."

Having a dad who played in the NFL doesn't hurt, either.

Keith Jackson was a Parade All-American at Parkview, College Football Hall of Famer at Oklahoma and six-time Pro Bowler in the NFL.

"When I was very young, he taught me how to catch," Jackson said. "Most people don't know how to. Route running, he always helped me with that stuff and tricks to throw a cornerback off and get open. I know how to get space so a quarterback can find me on the field."

While Jackson said he'll likely play wide receiver in college, he also plays quarterback, cornerback and safety at Parkview.

"I would say my versatility (is my greatest strength)," Jackson said. "I can play a lot of positions what I believe is very well. I can be put a lot of places on the field and still help the team out."

Even with his father's help, he would still like to improve his route running, as well as improve his 40-yard dash time from 4.52 to the 4.4 range. He hopes to accomplish the latter by running track this spring.

He is also going to dive head-first into the recruiting process, with junior days at Louisville (Feb. 20), Alabama (Feb. 27) and Louisiana Tech (March 12).

No date has been set in stone, but Jackson said he has been in touch with Arkansas tight ends coach Barry Lunney Jr. about a time for him to come up to Fayetteville.

"I was talking to coach Lunney about that not too long ago and he said sometime during spring ball, like on a Saturday practice or scrimmage," Jackson said.

When he visits, it will be the third straight year he has come up to Arkansas, as he also came to camps the previous two summers.

"I went to the three-day camp and I remember talk to coach (Bret) Bielema," Jackson said. "He told me he was going to get in there and show me the virtual reality thing. I also always talk to coach Lunney when I go up there."

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