Star DE Has UM Offer; Will Visit

This prospect, who ran a 4.80 at the Washington summer camp, has always had the edge because of his speed and quickness. He has an amazing goal of 40 sacks for this upcoming season. If he is able to achive that number, it will be easy to see what Randy Shannon visited him early in the recruiting process.

At 6-foot-4 1/2 and 240 pounds, Inglewood, Calif. standout Lawrence Jackson is considered one of the top defensive end prospects in the entire country this year.

Jackson, who ran a 4.80 at the Washington summer said, has always had the edge because of his speed and quickness.

"When I came to high school in 9th grade, I was about 5-11 and 195 pounds," Jackson said. "I always had the edge in quickness. I even ran a 4.30 shuttle at Washington's camp and that's a big improvement from last season."

Jackson, a full academic qualifier, also plays in a spring basketball league and throws the shot put for the high school track team. His personal best is 48 feet. "I'm going to start getting into some running events this year," he added.

With a brother named Keith playing football at Arizona, the younger Jackson had geared up for his recruiting process.

"I knew in the spring when all the coaches were stopping by the school and calling that it would be a long recruiting process," he said. "I've enjoyed it so far."

Jackson said he has 11 written scholarships right now. "All the Pac 10 schools except for Stanford have offered and so did Miami and Tennessee," he said. "Just lately, Penn State has started getting into the mix. I'm still waiting to see what's up with some teams back East like Clemson, North Carolina, Florida, and also Oklahoma."

The standout defensive end talked more about the Hurricanes.

"Coach Shannon came out here in the spring and we talked," he said. "Miami offered me a scholarship real early. He said that he liked my size, speed, and strength combination. There's probably an 85-percent chance that I'll take an official visit to Miami because they've been recruiting me all along. Them and Tennessee. I've already been to USC and UCLA before."

Jackson was asked about the possibility of leaving his home state.

"I wouldn't mind at all," he said. "If there's something better out there for me, then I'm going to take it. I want to go to a place that best fits me. If they show interest in me all year then that's the type of program I'll play for."

So who are some schools at the top of Jackson's list?

"Really, recruiting hasn't even gotten started for me yet," he said. "The coaches will start getting serious now the season's here. I'd like to check out schools like Clemson, North Carolina, Florida, Oklahoma, and places like that. But I'll know a lot more after coaches can start calling again."

The talented defensive end said he's worked hard this summer for his biggest goal.

"My ultimate goal this season is to get 40 sacks," he said. "I got 20 last year and everyone's going to double team me, so I have to double my numbers. I'm shooting for 40."

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