Jackson says LSU trip was tops

Long Beach Poly wide receiver Desean Jackson made a trip to Baton Rouge over the weekend and his remarks were quite favorable toward LSU. <br><br> Jackson, a 5-10, 160-pound speed burner, said his trip to the LSU-Alabama game was by far his best experience so far.

"That trip was incredible," Jackson said. "They didn't want to me visit on a game weekend because they didn't think they could spend enough time with me but I wanted to be there for that to see what the atmosphere is like. Now I'm glad I did because that was one of the highlites of the visit for me. The atmosphere and the crowd support was like nothing I've ever seen."

Jackson said the trip topped a trip he made to the Los Angeles Coliseum where he watched USC defeat Cal.

"I was at the USC- Cal game earlier this year and the crowd was pretty loud there but it wasn't even close to LSU," Jackson said. "I mean, it was louder in warm ups at LSU than at SC. When the players came out of the tunnel, I've never felt anything like that before and every time the defense was on the field, you couldn't hear yourself think because it was so loud."

He said he was impressed by the knowledge of LSU fans about football and recruiting.

"Before the game, all the fans were calling out to me, saying, 'Desean, you got to come here, we need you here,'" Jackson said. "They all knew who I was and a few fans were even yelling, 'Desean, don't go to SC like all the other Poly players, come be a Tiger.' I thought that was pretty funny but it was cool they knew about me and cared that much."

Jackson said he spent time with several players, but he was hosted by LSU junior wide receiver Skyler Green.

"After the game, I went out with my host, Skyler Green, who I met when I took an unofficial visit to LSU back in the summer," he said. "He's real cool and we really bonded back in the summer so it was cool to see him again. All the players were real cool. I met all the receivers, Xavier Carter and Early Doucet and got along with them really well. I also talked a lot with my position coach Bobby Williams and then had breakfast with Coach Saban at his house on Sunday."

Not only was Jackson happy with the game, but the facilities as well.

"I like Coach Saban a lot," he said. "He seems like a pretty mellow guy but at the same time, you can tell he's all business. I got a tour of the campus and saw the football facilities and the indoor stadium that they're upgrading."

Jackson even got a chance to chat with LSU baseball coach Smoke Laval. Jackson is also a standout baseball prospect as well.

"I even got to meet with the baseball coach and they talked about how much they want me," he said. "LSU has a great baseball program as well so that would be a great place to double sport if I did end up there."

While he said it is without a doubt the best trip he has taken, Jackson will still visit USC again as well as trips to Cal and Oklahoma.

"Overall it was a great trip and I'm definitely thinking hard about LSU," Jackson said. "I even called my brother from the trip and told him LSU is right there with SC and Cal now. I liked it that much. I know it's farther away from home and they have nice depth at receiver but I just really liked it a lot and think I would fit in well there. I'm going to visit Cal this weekend and then take December trips to USC and Oklahoma. I was going to take an official to SC for the Notre Dame game but they wanted me to come after the season so they can spend more time with me and that's fine."

Long Beach Polytechnic High School in Long Beach, California, with six players, tops the list of high schools with the most 2004 NFL players.

Four high schools have five players each: Lake Highlands in Dallas, Texas; Melrose in Memphis, Tennessee; Mt. Carmel in Chicago, Illinois; and St. Augustine in New Orleans, Louisiana.

The totals are based on the 1,690-man 2004 NFL Kickoff Weekend rosters (September 9, 12-13).

Through the 2003 season, 48 players who played at LB-Poly had also played in the NFL - the most for any high school in the country.

Aside from football, Long Beach Poly alumni include: Snoop Dog, Cameron Diaz, Billy Jean King, and Baseball great Tony Gwynn.

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