WR DeSean Jackson (5-11, 170, 4.4) of Long Beach Poly (CA) has scholarship offers from Cal, Arizona and Nebraska--but only the Bears fit in his top six.
DeSean favors California slightly over UCLA. "I really like Coach Tedford and that he's an offense-minded coach. He's shows me a lot of love and says I'd be able to play as a frosh." said Jackson.
The only schools that DeSean has already visited are the two local schools, UCLA and USC. He says his parents like USC and want him to stay close, but he insists that distance will not be a factor. "My parents like the coaches at USC too. I like that they are doing pretty well and they treat you real cool and like you're part of the program."
DeSean will be attend the Trojans camp this Sunday (Apr 25). "I want to go through the whole process and really find the perfect place for me. I like so many schools it'll take a while for me to really narrow it down. I'd like to possibly play as a true freshman. I want to play for an aggressive coach that really works with the players to help them get better.
"That's what I like about Florida State, because they send guys to the NFL every year. I also like their style."
But as a kid it was another Florida school that caught DeSean's eye. "I loved Miami as a kid. I liked how they would always win the big games and I like their style of play.
"But recently I really like Pittsburgh because of Larry Fitzgerald. He made that program and now with him gone they need someone to come and help out and I think I'd fit in there."
DeSean is also being recruited for baseball (CF, .380/20 steal) and says he plans to do both sports in college. "I'd really like to play baseball too. I'm gonna try to do both. That's what I like about Texas because they have a really good baseball team and football program."
DeSean finished his JR season with 43 catches for 850 yds and 11 TDs. He benches 225 and has a VJ of 34.
"I run good routes. I have great hands and good speed. I can make things happen after the catch. I want to work on my blocking and staying with my man on run plays. I also want to get stronger and break more tackles."