DB Coach Julius Brown extended an offer to the two-star standout, adding Boise’s name to Darreon Jackson’s steadily growing list of potential suitors, and offered to set up a date for an official visit, which is still being determined.
“I’m really excited,” said the 6’, 190-pound Jackson who has no current front-runner for his services. “Up until then, I wasn’t sure what they were thinking. It feels good to know they think I have what it takes.”
The Broncos aren't the only ones. Jackson is currently fielding offers from Kansas, North Texas, Army, UTEP and Tulsa as well. He’d originally planned to make a decision prior to the season starting, but changed his mind to see what offers would come as the season started. That’s where Boise comes in.
“I started talking with them not too long ago,” he said, “just before the start of the season.”
Jackson, who is being recruited as a corner at most of the schools which have offered because of his 4.45 40-yard speed and 4.31 shuttle, says he has no problem dropping down into the box as a safety. However, he’s willing to anything asked on him.
“Right now I’m listed as a strong safety, but I’m willing to do whatever they want, wherever I go,” said the hitman, averaging nearly 20 tackles per game over the first two contests. After transferring from Mesquite Horn (Texas) for his senior season, Jackson stepped right into a leadership position. It simply came naturally to him.
“When I first moved here, I felt out of place,” he said. But after a few months, I fell right into place. I consider myself a leader. During the summer, I would get the team together to practice on our days off.” Now, as he considers the next step in his education, he’s bolstered by his parents’ confidence in his ability to decide the right school for himself.
“This is all up to me,” said Jackson, who’s planning on making his decision based upon where he feels most comfortable and where he can get the best education. “If I choose it, they’ll choose it. They just want me to be happy wherever I go.”
Though he doesn’t play any offense, Jackson also makes an impact on special teams. After returning a kickoff for a touchdown in the Panthers’ first game of the season, kickers have been avoiding him on both kickoffs and punts.
Jackson, who is one of five children, joins a Derby team which lost 20 starting seniors from last season’s state championship team. He acknowledges the pressure to win but finds a way to deal with it. “I’ve felt that pressure even when I was at Mesquite Horn,” he said. “I really want a ring and I’m hoping that all of the men around me want one too. If we want it bad enough, we will work hard for it, even with our young guys.”