Jenkins' Axson Set for Big Night

A physical defender from Lakeland (Fla.) George Jenkins has a big Friday night ahead of him, and it's not just because district rival Lakeland Gibson is on the docket. Mozell Axson will be shooting for a big game playing in front of an Iowa State coach.

Cyclone secondary coach Chris Ash will be in attendance watching Mozell Axson and Tyease Thompson, a pair of teammates that have dreams of playing together at the next level."

"I like Coach Ash," said Axson. "When I first saw him, he left a good first impression on me. The fact he's coming down to watch me play really lets me know that he's really interested in me."

ISU's secondary coach has left a favorable impression on Axson.

"I like his attitude towards the game," Axson said. "He spoke to me straight up with no middleman. He says the program is on the rise and I was able to see that when they were on TV. The guys are coming back and working hard up there. I saw that on TV."

The 6-foot, 225-pound middle linebacker has averaged 18 tackles per game this season and is putting it all together after an intensive summer of football. His slate included trips to camps at Georgia, Florida State, Florida, Miami and UCF.

"I've played pretty well on defense," Axson said. "I want to give credit to my defensive linemen, because without them there is no me. I worked out hard this summer and went to various football camps. I'm going more downhill and taking different steps and angles at things. I'm running toward the ball when it's going away and improving on pass drops."

Division I teams are starting to notice his progress. Axson says he has scholarship offers from Kansas, UConn, Louisville and Maryland, in addition to one from the Cyclones.

"I haven't really thought about any favorites or the college I want to go to yet," Axson said. "The ones that have the lead are the ones that have been calling me. Iowa State, Kansas and UConn have called. Louisville and Maryland have also offered me."

What is Axson looking for from a program?

"I'm going to look at how I will succeed in life if I go this school, and how I'll be best prepared for life," he said. "I'm looking at the football team in general and what my chances are of going to the next level from that team."

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