Warren Jackson is a Ram. Following a long and stressful recruitment, the Scout 3-star wideout is ready to sign with Colorado State on Wednesday.
"Ah, man, I'm so excited. I'm glad I can put this recruiting process to an end. It was great, but it was pretty stressful," Jackson said. "I'm glad I found my one school, I can stick with it and just prepare for the future."
The process leading to his final decision wasn't easy, but Jackson is relieved to have found a place he feels can be his next home. Jackson spoke at length with Inside The Rams about his visit to CSU over the weekend, which gave him a lot to think about when he returned home to Mission Hills (Calif.).
The Bishop Alemany wide receiver had been committed to Arizona since June of last year, but decided to visit CSU to have another college visit to compare to his previous trip to Arizona to. The trip to Fort Collins was more than he bargained for, as it ultimately gave him another contender to seriously contemplate signing with.
After careful thought and prayer, Jackson called up his lead recruiter from CSU, Terry Fair, late Tuesday night to inform him of his decision to flip to CSU.
"I first told Coach Fair. It was kind of late - it was about 10:20 the night before - and I let him know I was ready to be a Ram. He was super excited. But they're on the East Coast right now, so I wasn't able to get to Coach Bobo until the early morning. I talked to him and he was pretty fired up. It was a great feeling just to know that my presence at someone else's school gives them that happiness. It was amazing to me."
Just how fired up was Bobo?
"Oh man, he was fired up," Jackson said. "He said once he got a text early in the morning saying I had committed, he said he couldn't go back to sleep. He was just real fired up. He was excited and couldn't wait to see me again, and have me get down there and get to work."
Jackson said the idea of playing alongside first team all-Mountain West selection Michael Gallup and being part of a lethal CSU offensive attack piqued his interest. Relationships, too, factored heavily into his decision.
"The offense they run is amazing. I have a lot of family out there, also. That's a huge plus. They really showed that they could use me in a lot of different scenarios and different plays - just real game scenarios. I feel like I can come in and help contribute right away," he explained. "The thing I like is they can move me inside in the slot to go against safeties, or outside... all these different types of formations, like bunch, trips, just a lot of different ways. That was really eye-opening to me."
What should Rams fans expect from the 6-foot-5.5, 208-pound receiver?
"To be on the outside and they can throw it up to me whenever they need me, and just make that big play to spark and change the whole game if need be."
Jackson knows he will have to earn playing time, but he expects to do so right away.
"Yes, sir. I think I have a good chance of coming in right away and making an impact to help the team win."