Already with eight scholarship offers next to his name, 2016 Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin three-star athlete Lamar Jackson is emerging as a top target out on the west coast.
Standing 6-foot-3, 207-pounds, Jackson plays on both sides of the ball at the high school level, excelling at several different positions.
“My sophomore year I played quarterback but the second game in I ended up switching to play defense,” Jackson said. I started playing a little bit of everything; slot receiver, running back, defensive back.”
“A lot of my offers, the majority is as an athlete besides a few who have offered me as a defensive back,” added Jackson. “I would prefer the defensive side.”
One school prioritizing Jackson at the safety position is the University of Michigan, recently extending an offer.
“I was extremely happy,” said Jackson of the offer. “Coach (Chris) Partridge initiated everything and I was able to get on the phone with him and the whole staff and they said I’m a priority and ended up offering me.”
“I really don’t know much (about Michigan) but I just know now that (Jim Harbaugh) is there they’re starting to recruit nationally and on the west coast,” added Jackson.
Having the opportunity to interact with several members of Michigan’s coaching staff over the phone, Jackson is impressed with the personal approach taken by the Wolverines.
“They’re just real direct and they sound very genuine,” Jackson said. “They all had something different to say on the phone and that felt special.
“They told me about guys leaving and what they were looking for and that it could be a good fit.”
Previously taking an unofficial visit to California, Jackson says the plan is to get out to see more schools this spring in summer, though no trips have been finalized at this point.
Heading into a critical senior season at Franklin, Jackson is simply focused on becoming a better player.
“I’m just trying to perfect my craft and keep on improving,” he said.