2006 Profile: LB Marcus Jackson

North Augusta will once again have one of the top defensive prospects in South Carolina next year.

LB Marcus Jackson
6-0, 190, 4.6
North Augusta High School
North Augusta, South Carolina

Standout linebacker Marcus Jackson, a junior linebacker from North Augusta, SC, is already receiving interest from many of the top programs in the Southeast. "I don't have any offers just yet. But I'm getting lots of mail from Virginia, Virginia Tech, Georgia, Florida State, Auburn, South Carolina and Clemson," said Jackson during a recent interview with CUTigers.com.

The 6-foot-0, 190 pound prospect played in the shadow of C.J. Byrd this past season, and he'll now look forward to next season as he tries to establish his own identity.

"I believe I had around 75 tackles, eight sacks and two fumble returns for touchdowns last season. I played both linebacker and safety," Jackson said.

Jackson, who runs a 4.5 forty, made it to Death Valley earlier this fall to watch the Tigers annual beating of the Gamecocks. "I went on the visit to Clemson for the South Carolina game this year. It was a good game. We had a good time there," said Jackson.

When asked which team he grew up rooting for, Jackson responded, "I was born in Arkansas. When I grew up my dad always made me pull for Arkansas, so they were probably my favorite team."

The summer camp plans are a few months off but Jackson plans to spend a good bit of his summer attending camps. "I'm not sure where I will go yet, but I want to go to as many as I can. I'd like to make it some camps in-state," said Jackson.

Signing day 2006 is a year away, but the South Carolina standout already has a top five. "My top five schools are Clemson, South Carolina, Georgia, Auburn and Florida State," stated Jackson.

On field, Jackson said he has multiple skills at his disposal. "My strengths are my speed. I also have good awareness of the field when I play defense. I am also one the strongest players on our team right now," said the junior standout.

Jackson is also planning to work hard to get even better during his senior year. "Yeah I want to get smarter on the field. I want to be more of a leader," said the North Augusta star.

What is the star linebacker looking for in the college of his choice? "I am looking for a good football program. I want to find a place where I will be able to play when I get up there," said Jackson. We will continue to keep you updated on this outstanding linebacker from South Carolina, right up through signing day 2006.

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