Colleges Checking Out Demopolis High Standout

Marteze Jackson talks about recruiting in a report that features his a video of his junior highlights.

Demopolis, Ala.---Marteze Jackson, who is finishing his junior year at Demopolis High School, says he plans to camp at Auburn this summer and notes that he is seriously interested in Coach Gene Chizik's Tigers.

Being recruited by Auburn assistant coach Jay Boulware, Jackson says, "He is really cool. I like him as a person."

Jackson got a chance to spend time with the coach at Auburn's spring game last month and says he enjoyed the trip to the AU campus. "It was a good game. I liked it a lot."

Expected to be a third-year starter this fall, Jackson is learning a new position this year, outside linebacker, where is expected to play at the college level.

"Making the adjustment from putting your hand on the ground to playing linebacker, it is a big difference to me," he says. "I believe I got better in spring training."

On offfense he plays tight end, but his primary duties will be on defense. "I will be coming in on offense when it is a goal line type of situation," he notes.

A player with excellent quickness, he stood out at the Southeast Elite Camp in Tuscaloosa in April.

"Going to the Scout camp was real helpful," he points out. "They showed me what kind of drills I can do to become a better football player and display the kind of skills that colleges are looking for. My 40 time has gone down. I ran a 4.5 on Tuesday at school and my fastest time was a 4.4 with my coaching clocking me. I also ran a 4.5 at a combine at Gulf Shores and won MVP there."

The junior, who notes that he is growing and is up to 6-3, 215, says that coaches from Duke, Southern Miss, Troy, South Alabama and others have stopped by Demopolis High School to check on him. "Recruiting is going good--real good," he says. Although he doesn't have an offer yet, he is optimistic that will change.

"Coach Boulware told me that Auburn is interested in me," he says. "Auburn hasn't been by the school yet this spring, but I talked to Coach Boulware and he said he will be down to see me."

Jackson does a footwork drill at the Southeast Elite Camp.

Last weekend Jackson ran on his school's 4x100 relay team at the state track and field meet. He also plays basketball, but football is his focus along with academics.

"As a senior I want to win the state championship football game and make a 24 on the ACT," says Jackson, who notes that he scored an 18 on the test. "I am going to keep taking it every chance I can until I graduate."

On the football field, he is excited about his senior year. He says Demopolis is expecting to field a strong team and he is doing everything he can to build a "family atmosphere" on the squad that he believes will help make his team a champion.

Jackson says he definitely plans to camp at Auburn this summer, but isn't certain where else he is headed. "I am going to sit down with my coach and my parents and we are going to discuss that," he says.

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