Jackson eyeballing Gator offer

Boynton Beach (Fla.) quarterback Lamar Jackson is steadily gaining national recognition for his football prowess. MVP at the quarterback position of the last camp he attended, Jackson has 13 offers to play college football and some of the very best teams in America are on that list. The Florida Gators aren't there yet, but they are trying hard to get Jackson to visit so they can watch him throw.

We caught up with Lamar Jackson a week ago as his Baller nation 7on7 team defeated Florida Fire for the Ocala Invitational Tournament Championship. Jackson started off the 7on7 season slow, but has worked his arm into shape after taking some time off for track.

"We beat Florida Fire twice," he said about a team they had been having trouble with. "It feels real good. The first two weeks I was sorry, then I got my mechanics back. I have been running track and not throwing. Now I am back right."

Jackson is a late bloomer in terms of offers and partially because he missed his sophomore season because of grades. After a huge freshman year, it was tough for him to sit out, but he turned that time into positive work both on the field and off of it. He came back furious as a junior.

"I am getting my grades up, trying to get to a 3.5," Jackson said with a smile. My junior year, I ran for 1400 yards and 16 TD's and threw for 1600 yards and 27 TD's.

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Jackson currently has 13 offers and the latest from Marshall. There is one he doesn't have and is working on. Florida likes him a lot, but with a new offensive coordinator and quarterback coach on board, the Gators want to get Jackson to camp to watch him throw personally. His primary recruiter is receiver coach Joker Phillips, and Phillips is staying on him.

"They have been sending me a lot of letters," Jackson said about the Gators. " Joker has told me he wants to see me throw. I should go to camp soon. We should be visiting a lot of colleges soon. I like Florida, I just like the school.

"Coach Joker was telling me they were going to go back to the spread, and I like that.

A fan of the Miami Hurricanes as a child, Jackson says he also favors schools like Florida, Florida State, West Virginia, Clemson, and Nebraska.

In the end, Jackson learned a lot with his trials as a student and has gotten a better understanding on how important getting his education is. That is the top of his priorities when looking for a school.

"Education has become so important to me," he said. "My grades fell as a freshman and I couldn't play as a sophomore because of it. The style of offense is very important as well. They may try and change my position because they know I can run. I won't let that happen."

Stay tuned to Scvout.com as we keep up with the recruitment of Lamar Jackson.

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