Young Athlete Getting Serious Interest

This talented sophomore to be talks about his play as a freshman and the schools that are already showing interest.

Mount Ulla, N.C.--Recruiting is starting earlier and earlier in the world of college football and speedy Desmond Jackson is living proof of that. While schools have started taking notice of kids earlier and earlier, it works both ways as players also begin taking an active role in the recruiting process several years before they can actually sign.

Just heading into his sophomore season, the 5-9, 165 Jackson is already a standout for West Rowan High following an impressive freshman season. Helping his team to a state title, Jackson finished the year with 916 total yards and 18 touchdowns and also added five interceptions on defense.

Because of his performance schools began to take notice. Still very, very early in the process he said he's already got a long list of schools showing him interest including the Auburn Tigers.

"East Carolina, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, Arkansas, Oregon State, Michigan State, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Kansas, Rutgers, and several more schools have sent me things already," he said. "I don't have any favorites at the moment. I did at one time, but I'm open to everyone at the moment."

Although he admits he doesn't have much of an idea about Auburn or the campus, Jackson said that the Tigers have done a good job of getting on his radar quickly and he may just make a trip this summer to see things for himself.

"I like how they have been on me and sending different information about the program," Jackson said. "If I have the money and the timing is right I'll be there July 17 for a camp."

Being looked at as primarily a slot wide receiver at the moment by schools, Jackson also has the ability to play running back or defensive back on the next level because of his 4.5 speed.

"I'm just a very coachable player," Jackson said. "I'm eager to learn new things. I'm a hard worker in the offseason. I'm willing to do whatever my team needs me to do. I can really play anywhere."

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