DE Prospect to Visit AU and Try New Position

Marteze Jackson, who plans to camp at Auburn this month, gives an update on a position change and how recruiting is going.

Demopolis, Ala.--When Marteze Jackson visited Auburn's spring football game, he says that the coaches there told him they are interested in the rising senior and they would like to see him back on the AU campus for a summer camp.

That is scheduled to happen on July 18th when the Demopolis High standout returns to the Plains for a one-day camp. Before he visits Auburn he plans to check out a UAB camp this weekend and has "been to a bunch of camps" this summer.

Rated a three-star defensive end prospect by, end has been his primary position in high school, but that could change this fall.

"Most of the coaches are looking at me as a defensive end, but some of the coaches see me more as a linebacker for college," he says. "Our coaches moved me to linebacker and I am learning the linebacker skills."

Jackson notes he believes he will be comfortable as an outside linebacker this fall. "I like it a lot," he says. "It is basically the same thing to me as playing defensive end except I am involved in a little pass coverage.

"I played something like 30 plays at middle linebacker last year," the rising senior adds. "This season will be my first time at outside linebacker."

Jackson says he has scholarship offers from a pair of start-up programs, South Alabama and Georgia State, as well as Arkansas and Jackson State. He notes that a lot of other colleges are checking him out.

"Recruiting is going good," says Jackson, who points out that he currently checks in at 6-3, 218 and has an open mind about where he will attend college.

He notes that Jay Boulware is recruiting him at Auburn and that he likes the new AU assistant coach.

In addition to hitting the camp circuit, including the Southeast Elite Camp where he performed well, Jackson says he is working on adding size and muscle. "I am trying to get to 230 or 240 before the season starts," he says.

Jackson is showing working out at a football camp in April.

Jackson has been surprised that as he adds weight he has been able to not lose his speed, which he says is around 4.5 seconds for the 40-yard dash. "I have been able to keep my flexibility and that helps," he says. "It seems like I am actually getting faster."

Commenting on his goals for his senior year, he points out that seeing the Demopolis High football team have success is his focus. "I am working trying to make our team better," he says. "Our motto is we have to work hard and become a family."

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