RECRUITING: Jackson trying to work out visit

SAN ANTONIO --- Although it will be difficult to lure DeSean Jackson off the left coast, the Florida Gators still rate at least a certain amount of interest from DeSean Jackson, the wide receiver with the blazing speed and dazzling moves from Long Beach (CA) Poly.

"I want to visit Gainesville, but I've got to work out a time," said Jackson, the 5-11, 175-pounder who will suit up for the West in the US Army All-American Bowl. "I was going to go there on the twenty-first, but they want me to come to USC the same weekend.

"I'm talking with the coaches to see if we can get something worked out. I'd really like to make that trip."

Jackson, who caught a couple of touchdown passes in the CaliFlorida All-Star Game at the Orange Bowl in Miami, is a streak with all the moves to match the fast feet. He's rated four stars by and the seventh receiver overall nationally.

He says he has an interest in Florida, but admits, "I do have a top two in Southern Cal and Cal. It might be hard to get me away from one of them, but I'm willing to see what someone else has and if it's right for me, then I'd do it."

With several ex-high school teammates and Long Beach Poly alums on the Southern Cal roster, there is a certain comfort level for him to stay in Los Angeles. Watching the Trojans win the national championship in the Orange Bowl may have edged him a little closer to Coach Pete Carroll's program.

"They did something this year that nobody else did and they really dominated everybody," he said. "I know all those SC cats. They've got a great team and they play the young guys."

Florida has his interest because the offense Coach Urban Meyer showed when he was at Utah "really gets the ball spread out to everybody. They give their playmakers a chance to make plays."

He said that in retrospect, he wishes he had visited Florida during the football season.

"I wish I could have been to a game at The Swamp," he said. "I've heard all about it and it's supposed to be awesome there on game day."

DeSean Jackson has two brothers who played in the National Football League, so he's aware of the hard work and effort that goes into elevating his game to the next level. He's ready to do the hard work. Now, he just has to find the right school to spend the next three years honing his game and preparing himself for what he hopes will be a chance to play in the NFL.

"I'll make a choice after I've done my visits," he said. "I'll go somewhere that I'm a good fit. I'll work hard wherever I go."

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is played in San Antonio, Texas., at the Alamodome on Jan. 15, 2005, and broadcast nationally on NBC at 1 p.m. eastern. is a sponsor, the official selection partner and exclusive on-line partner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, as well as the associated U.S. Army Combine for underclassmen.

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