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From: Long Beach, California
High School: Poly
The Long Beach Poly program has grown into one of the largest producers of division one talent in the nation over the last decade. As sure as the California sunshine, every year you can expect some great players to come out of the prestigious high school. The highest rated player the Jackrabbits have to offer this year is without a doubt, wide receiver DeSean Jackson. The wideout had 850 yards receiving last year and eight touchdowns on 43 receptions. The 5-11, 170 pound Jackson is a dual-threat player, but not on the gridiron. At least not yet as he will see time on defense this Fall for the first time. DeSean is a top baseball prospect and has been told he could go very high in the draft.
"I have some major decisions to make here, soon," said Jackson.
"I have written offers for football from everyone in the Pac Ten, except UCLA and Stanford. Then I have Pittsburgh, LSU, Oklahoma, Colorado, Ohio State, Boise State, and San Diego State."
There are seven schools that stand above the rest, and three especially. "My top three are LSU, USC, and Cal. I would say that Cal has a slight lead right now. I love Coach Tedford and they always have a good quarterback there. I also like what they did with Geoff McArthur in their offense. The coaches at Cal tell me that I remind them of him, but I am faster. It would be nice to have the offense built around me like they did with him. I could also be one of their highest rated recruits ever. I think I could go to Cal and make a difference."
Jackson took an unofficial visit to Berkeley over the summer. He also took one to Baton Rouge. "Coach Saban is real cool and I like the program there, a lot. I felt as if even though I didn't know the players there real well having only spent a little time with them, they still treated me like they were my brothers."
DeSean would know what that feeling is like since he has five Brothers. Three of his older brothers played in the NFL, and the other played major college football. Travis Clark played at Utah State and went on to the Atlanta Falcons. Derrick Davis played at Idaho State and also went on to the Falcons. Byron Jackson played at San Jose State and went on to the Kansas City Chiefs. William Jackson played at Colorado State. There will be one more Brother after DeSean. "I am just now getting my younger brother into football."
Back to his recruitment, the close-by Trojans are a very viable option for him. "USC is coming off a national championship, for one. Norm Chow is probably the best offensive coordinator in college football. It is close to home and it is a great all-around program."
Jackson attended the USC Skills Camp and Speed Camp this summer. His only other summer camp appearance was the Stanford Nike Combine. He also took an unofficial visit to Pittsburgh, another one of his favorites. "I have a ton of family in Pittsburgh and I went up there for my cousin's wedding this summer, so I took an unofficial visit. Both of my parents were raised there; I have my grandma, uncles, aunts, and cousins all living there so it would have some familiarity. They just lost Larry Fitzgerald so they need someone to come in and make an impact. I think I could do that for them."
Arizona State, like Pitt, is also a place where he could relate to someone at. "Mark Carrier is a coach there and he played at Poly so he knows what it is like to go there being from out here. I think he could be a big influence on me and is someone who could help me get to the next level. I also think they are starting to turn things around at Arizona State."
Washington State and Oregon round out his top seven. "The main things I will be looking for in a college is a place with a good offensive-minded coach and good offensive coordinator, a great quarterback, and somewhere that has a good program for my major."
He says the Tigers are currently recruiting him the hardest. His father favors the Cal Bears and his mother claims no preference. His father has a good friend on the Cal staff. "Coach (defensive line coach Ken) Delgado coached my brother at San Jose State and him and my Dad have been good friends ever since. He is a real cool guy."
DeSean wants to get a degree in Communications. He holds a 3.0 core GPA and scored a 1280 on his SAT.
Although Jackson admits that football is his first love, something could make him stop playing it completely, or at least for a while. "It all depends on where I am drafted. If I am drafted in the first two rounds I will make sure that the team will pay for my college tuition. I will try my hand at baseball for a couple of years and if it doesn't work out I will come back to football. If a team throws a couple of million at me I will seriously consider giving baseball my best shot."
It is scary that DeSean says that while being highly-coveted for the sport, his best shot is something he has never given it. "All of my talents for baseball are natural. I have never worked as hard at it as I have on football. That would all change real quick if I am drafted in the first couple rounds."
All of the schools that Jackson is seriously considering are offering him the opportunity to play baseball for them.