When he got the news on Monday that he had been offered a football scholarship by Arkansas, Pulaski Robinson junior wide receiver Koilan Jackson could not stop smiling.
“It was just a wonderful feeling to get my first SEC offer and it be from my home state school,” Jackson said. “It was just a lot of joy for me, a blessing and put a big old smile on my face.”
Jackson (6-3, 207, 4.52) - the son of former NFL tight end and current Arkansas radio color commentator Keith Jackson - got the word via a direct message on twitter from Razorback head coach Bret Bielema.
“He tweeted at me to give him a call so I did and offered me a scholarship,” Jackson said. “It happened so quick, but it was something that you dream of happening and now that it has I couldn’t be more excited.
Jackson played quarterback at Little Rock Parkview last season and accounted for over 3,000 yards total offense and 38 touchdowns.
But he made the transfer to Robinson earlier this year and will be working at the positions he is likely to play in college.
“I am going to be playing wide receiver and defensive back, the two spots I am likely going to play in college, and maybe a little quarterback,” Jackson said. “There is a lot of great talent at Robinson and think we are going to have a great team next season.”
He is excited about working with Pulaski Robinson head coach Todd Eskola and assistant Brian Maupin.
“Coach Maupin and Coach Eskola are both great coaches and great guys,” Jackson said. “I’m really excited about being at Robinson.”
Jackson attended one of Arkansas football camps at worked at wide receiver.
“Coach Bielema said he sees me as a wide receiver and said they wanted me on offense,” Jackson said.
Jackson is excited about the offense installed at Arkansas last season under new offensive coordinator Dan Enos.
“I think Arkansas is really on the come up and is on its way to having a great program under Coach Bielema,” Jackson said. “Coach Enos really came in and brought a diversified and balanced offense and it was a really exciting to see.”
Jackson is getting interest from Alabama, Illinois, Kansas, Louisiana Tech, Arkansas State, Houston and others.
“I don’t know what all camps I am going to this summer, but I am definitely coming up to Arkansas later this spring and will get up to camp there this summer,” Jackson said.
Asked about a possible commit, Jackson - whose brother Keith Jackson, Jr., played at Arkansas from 2003-2006 - said that it was taking it slow right now.
“I am really just living in the moment right now and I will think about all that at some point,” Jackson said. “But Arkansas has a lot of things going for it.
“I do know that when I commit, it will be for good and I will be 100 percent committed.”