Blazing Onto the Scene

One of the staff's top recruiters overall and a well-known commodity in the Dallas area, Iowa State's Tony Alford has convinced head coach Dan McCarney to offer a scholarship to one of his main targets.

Garland High athlete DeAndre Jackson, a 6-foot, 185-pounder can line up just about anywhere and have success, and is the starting quarterback for his playoff-bound team, but his future position is most likely defensive back or wide receiver. His blazing speed is one of many things Alford and other recruiters are eyeing.

"Most schools are looking at him as a defensive back or wide receiver," said Garland head coach Jeff Jordan. "He plays quarterback for us. He's a pretty talented kid. (College coaches) really like his overall athletic ability and speed. He ran a 4.35 for us this past spring. He's going to make a heck of a player (at the next level).

"(The ISU coaches) really like him and think he's a good football player. They're excited to have a chance to recruit him. They started recruiting him last spring and came back in the fall and watched him play. They came down about two or three weeks ago and made the decision to offer him."

Jordan hasn't asked Jackson to do much in the way of passing this season, but he's made an impact in a number of categories. He's thrown for 290 yards and three touchdowns on 19-of-37 completions, while carrying 56 times for 418 yards and eight scores.

Jackson's stock has climbed during the course of 2002 and could continue throughout the Texas state playoffs. Garland opens later this week against Longview.

"DeAndre's a very good football player and great kid," Jordan said. "The recruiting is going very good for him. The longer we've kept playing this season the more attention he's getting, because he's playing very well."

In addition to the Cyclones, Texas A&M, Missouri, Arkansas, Louisville and a number of other programs have offered him, according to his coach. Jackson appears to have a couple of favorites, however.

"He's got several other schools that are looking at him," Jordan said. "He told me that he's very interested in A&M and Iowa State."

Jackson has scheduled a visit to Ames for the weekend of Dec. 13-14.

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