Kentucky Star Checks Out Fighting Illini

The Fighting Illini football team hosted a number of top prospects for home football games this fall. Among those at the Michigan game was Jeffersontown, Kentucky, star DeMichael Jackson. The do-it-all speedster is being recruited as a running back.

DeMichael Jackson had a sensational year for Jeffersontown High School in Kentucky. While he will play running back in college, he was his team's quarterback and led them to an outstanding season.

"My season has gone real well. We made the regional finals for the first time since 1992."

He lost to John Harden last weekend 35-6 to end his season. But speaking before that game, Jackson shared some amazing personal statistics.

"I have 2162 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns. I have 1052 yards passing and 13 passing touchdowns."

He also played defense and special teams.

"I play strong safety and corner, kick return and punt return. I punt the ball too, so I'm never off the field. I have two punt returns and two kick returns for touchdowns."

The 5'-11", 185 pounder prefers running back. He credits his offensive line for his great season.

"We had five guys up front laying it on the line. Without them, I don't know what I'd do."

Jackson feels he has the talent to be a top running back in college.

"All I need is two seconds to break loose. When I break loose, I'm gone. I have good vision. I'm able to see holes. When there's nothing, I make something on my own."

Of course, he can always improve.

"I want to work on my ability to swish my hips around."

Jackson visited Illinois for its game against Michigan. The Illini are among several teams evaluating him for a possible scholarship offer.

"Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Central Florida and Tennessee. I have an offer from Central Florida. I hope I get more offers. I really do."

What is he looking for in a school besides a scholarship offer?

"I'm looking for a school with great academics and somewhere I can fit in. I want to major in Law."

He will make no college decision until the last minute while waiting on schools to want him. Given his outstanding ability, chances are good the wait will be worthwhile for him.

"I'll probably wait until February to make a decision."


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