Louisville in top pair for Lone Star lineman

Holding four scholarship offers, Jake Jackson, a 6'5, 290-pound offensive lineman from Southlake (Tex.) Carroll, plans to make his college choice this summer. However, the Lone Star State prospect tells InsideTheVille.com that he'll travel to the Derby City before doing so...

One of the key figures from the defending Texas 5A state champions offensive line, Jake Jackson has watched his scholarship count increase during the past few weeks. Jackson, who held an offer from Baylor when he visited U of L in March for junior day, has now collected scholarships from Big East, Big 12, Conference USA and Mountain West programs.

"I have four offers now," Jackson told InsideTheVille.com on Thursday evening. "Louisville, Tulsa, Baylor and New Mexico have all offered now."

While the Southlake Carroll High starting guard is also drawing interest from the likes of Oklahoma, SMU, UCLA and Washington State, the 6-foot-5, 290-pounder has remained constant with his short list of favorites.

"Right now I'd probably say that it's still Baylor and Louisville," Jackson said. "Both have great coaching staffs - they are all very personable. I also like the atmosphere at both a lot."

U of L assistant coach Tony Alford has made sure that Jackson remains aware of how high the Cardinal program's interest is him.

"Coach Alford has come by my school a couple times this week," said Jackson. "He came by a couple days ago to talk with my coach and then came back to watch practice."

Family ties with Baylor and relatives in the Derby City, have helped push the two programs to the top of his list.

"My dad grew up in Louisville and a lot of my relatives on his side of the family still live there and he played college basketball at Baylor," explained Jackson. "Both of my parents went to Baylor and my older brother is there now, but all of my family is real supportive of me and they just want me to go where I'll be happy."

With hopes of making a pre-season decision, Jackson plans to make another unofficial visit with Louisville this summer.

"I definitely plan on going to Louisville for a visit this summer," said Jackson, adding that he‘ll make his college choice soon after his trip to The Ville. "I'm going to make my decision in mid to late July, so it's going to be nice to see what they all have to offer."

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