Could Louisiana Tech land yet another late signee?
One player Bulldog coaches were actively recruiting appears headed for late qualification, and he's one sure to garner some late interest.
Damien Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound safety from Pineville (La.) High School, found out last week that he scored a 21 on his latest attempt at the ACT, putting him on pace to become a full academic qualifier.
A first team Class 5A all-state selection in 2007, Jackson held offers from Alabama, Tech, Michigan, Ole Miss and Texas A&M before National Signing Day, which came and went without his signature on a National Letter of Intent.
Jackson didn't make any official visits because he was concentrating on his ACT prep work, and said it was "likely" he was bound for Kilgore College, a junior college in Texas, before boosting his ACT from a 16 to a 21. Now, he's ready for his recruitment to pick back up.
"I'm basically looking for any of the big-time schools," said Jackson, adding he's already contacted coaches at Michigan and is trying to reach coaches at Alabama.
The question remains whether those big-time schools have any scholarships to give. Both Alabama and Ole Miss signed more than 30 players on National Signing Day, while both Michigan and Texas A&M signed 24.
Tech, however, signed only 17 on signing day and has added three more LOIs since, leaving Bulldog coaches with some wiggle room to pursue Jackson. Two of Tech's late signees, however, were defensive backs in West Jefferson's Jimmie Crawford and Evangel Christian's Zach Summage.
Pineville football coach Mike Richard said he's placed calls to "everybody in the state ... everybody who's out there" in hopes of landing Jackson at a Division I school next season.
Jackson, however, hasn't ruled out the chance of signing with Kilgore and playing there for a year if the right offer doesn't come along.
"I could always sign with a junior college and get recruited again next year," Jackson said.
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