La'Dedric Jackson (Photo by John Garcia, Jr.)

Three-star linebacker prospect La'Dedric Jackson details LSU's lead, next step

JOHN'S CREEK, Ga. -- A top performer Sunday at the Under Armour All-America camp in Atlanta, La'Dedric Jackson knows what school sits atop his list at this point of the process.

Recently tabbed a three-star prospect on Scout, Montgomery (Ala.) Lanier linebacker La'Dedric Jackson has taken off this spring with considerably Power 5 offers ahead of releasing a top five of LSU, MissouriMississippiTennessee and NC State on Tuesday. 

"I like a lot of defensive schools," he said.

The versatile defender, who turned heads Sunday at the Under Armour All-America camp in Atlanta, has a program on top of the list that he hasn't yet seen in person. 

"I'm still trying to find my home, but I really like LSU," Jackson said. "I like their defensive scheme, I've been a big fan of them for a long time. The defensive coordinator (Dave Aranda) offered me, I like coach Aranda. He's got a good personality and I'd like for him to be my coach. 

"He said I'm one of the best linebackers he's watched on film so far. He is trying to get me up there."

The 6-foot-1, 207 pound linebacker has a round of visits he would like to take going forward, beginning with the stop in Baton Rouge. The Tigers like him in the position he is most familiar with.

"LSU is looking at me as an inside guy, but I can play outside as well," he aid. "I play inside best, it's easier and I know everything is going on. That's what I do at my school." 

In-state Auburn as well as Georgia have recently hosted Jackson for unofficial visits and each program shared a message about a potential scholarship offer.

"Georgia basically said the same thing Auburn said, I've got to come work out for them this summer," he said. "I'm gonna do it."

Looking ahead to the 2017 season, Sidney Lanier High has lofty expectations with three SEC prospects on the roster in quarterback James Foster, defensive lineman Alfred Thomas and Jackson in the senior class. The group has long been a known commodity and has held scholarship offers for years.

"I was just telling Al, it's our time now, we've got to make it happen and come down with a ring," Jackson said.

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