In heading to WSU, the pair builds on a tradition started more than a dozen years ago: Going to Pullman from the west Los Angeles County burg of Culver City.
Their head coach at Culver City High, Jahmal Wright, expects big things from them on the Palouse.
"He (Jackson) will be ahead of the curve going into Coach Leach's offense" because Culver City runs a similar offense, Wright told Cougfan.com Wednesday.
Jackson was a three-year starter for the Centaurs and also served on the kickoff and punt return teams. Over his junior and senior seasons he caught a collective 99 passes fro 1,894 yards and 26 TDs.
"Alex is fast and a tough, a hard-nosed worker," Wright said.
"He's intense and I think it's a perfect fit for him over there," Wright said.
Now that Jackson and Pettway are signed, Wright said he expects the Cougars to be busy at Culver City again in this coming recruiting cycle. He said wide receiver Julius Wilson, who already holds an offer from Washington, according to Scout.com, is one to watch.
"He's one of Alex's best friends so I wouldn't be surprised to see him at WSU," Wright said.
Other Class of 2013 Culver City prospects that Wright expects to draw Pac-12 interest include defensive lineman Deon Young and linebacker Keishawn Haley.
WHILE MICHAEL BUMPUS IS THE MOST famous of WSU's Culver City kids, the credit for starting the connection to Pullman traces to the Mike Price days, said Wright, who himself played for the Centaurs in the 1990s and became the school's coach in 2009.
"Curtis Nettles just started something and it has been a pipeline there," Wright said.
|CURTIS NETTLES, circa '00|
Following graduation, Nettles returned to southern California, where he now works in the broadcast industry as an account executive. Wright, who has been with the Culver City staff since 2000, said Nettles enjoyed his experience at WSU and that message resonated in the years that followed.
"We're a pretty close-knit group even when kids graduate," Wright said.
In addition to Nettles and Bumpus, Culver City products who played for the Cougs are Karl Paymah, Alex Nguae, Aire Justin and Jessy Sanchez.
"We have a pipeline no matter who the coach is at Washington State," Wright said.
Paymah, a standout cornerback for the Cougars from 2001-04, and Bumpus both played in the NFL. Wright said it is too early to predict professional futures for Jackson and Pettway, but he thinks both could play immediately at WSU.
|BUMPUS LEFT WSU AS THE MOST PROLIFIC PASS-CATCHER (AND ONE OF THE MOST PROLIFIC PUNT RETURNERS) IN SCHOOL HISTORY.|
Correction: WSU Compliance informes CF.C some previous numbers info was incorrect. There were 23 initials, not 24, for 2011. Therefore 2 of the 4 Jan. enrollees will be assigned to previous class.