WR Jameer Jackson Gets Recruiting Attention

Jameer Jackson, a 6-3, 218-pound wide receiver from Osseo, attended the Minnesota Gopher football Junior Day this weekend. Jackson had a breakout season as a junior as he grabbed 86 passes for 1,139 yards and 15 touchdowns. GoldenSports.Net caught up with Jackson to learn the latest on his recruitment.

Jameer Jackson led the Twin Cities metro area with 86 receptions and he was named Kare-11 Sports and Minneapolis Star Tribune All-Metro and Associated Press and Minnesota Football Coaches Association All-State. Jackson set a state record with 19 receptions against Andover. He finished with 181 receiving yards and two touchdowns in that game.

Jackson had six games of more than 100 yards receiving. He caught six passes for 106 yards and one touchdown against Blaine; eight catches for 159 yards and three scores versus Park Center; eight passes for 112 yards and two touchdowns against Centennial; eleven grabs for 195 yards and one score against Coon Rapids and nine catches for 150 yards and one touchdowns. Jackson grabbed eight passes for 85 yards and three scores against Robbinsdale Cooper.

Jackson attended his first Junior Day at Minnesota as he meet with the coaches, toured TCF Stadium and watched the Gophers play Michigan State. He hopes to make some of the other local Juniors Days.

"I was talking with Northwestern and they said that they will tell me when their (Junior Day) is."

Jackson said that he is hearing from a variety of schools.

"Iowa, Wisconsin, Hawaii, North Dakota State, Wyoming, Northwestern and Minnesota."

Jackson didn't get a chance to attend any summer camps last year, but he is hoping to attend several this summer.

"I was going to go the Minnesota camp, but I signed up a little too late. This year, I am going to go to the Iowa one, the Minnesota one and Northwestern."

Jackson is not just a one-sport athlete for the Orioles.

"I am doing track this year. I went to St. Thomas Academy last year and I played hockey and lacrosse."

Jackson admits that he was caught a bit off guard with his strong play this past season.

"I was really surprised about how well I did. I didn't find out if I was going to be able to play varsity because of the transfer until a day before the first game. I was just really happy that my quarterback threw me the ball. I was just really surprised. Our quarterback just threw the ball a lot and I made a play on it. We play in a really large conference and I was surprised on how well I did."

Jackson plays alongside Joey Sonnenfeld as wide receivers for the Orioles. The two attend the Minnesota Junior Day and the two are close friends who work together to impeove as players.

"After practice, we stay after and work on routes. He was like my first friend I had at Osseo. I was lucky that we both play the same position and are both skilled."

Osseo needs to replace graduating quarterback Travis Kreuter who had an outstanding year in his first year as a starter.

"It is between two sophomores. We do not have a junior quarterback. He is pretty good. It is going to be different because he is not as mature as Travis was, but I think his arm is better than Travis's."

Jackson expects to see a wide-open offense, despite a new quarterback.

"We are going to throw the ball, but it will be even, because of our running back, Sam Conner, is very good, too. Every team is going to have to focus on three of our players (himself, John and Sam) and that means we can do whatever we want to."

Osseo finished 4-6 in the competitive Northwesyern Suburban Conference this past season, but Jackson thinks that the Orioles will be better next year.

"I think that our team is going to do better. A lot of the other team's players were seniors on defense. Maple Grove; all their cornerbacks were seniors and all but one of their linebackers were seniors. We don't play Blaine and our offense is going to be really good. We are going to have a better record than we did this year.

Jackson sees himself as a wide receiver with plenty of strengths.

"I feel that I keep my feet moving. I break tackles. I'm not the fastest guy, but I get the extra yardage. I'm like a possession receiver. I just catch the ball and get yardage after the catch. I'm not like a "juke guy." That is not one of my strong points. I am working on the at Velocity (training center), but I feel that I keep my feet moving, break tackles and get the extra yardage by being physical. I'm really physical."

Jackson said that he is working hard to improve himself as a player.

"My speed. I need to work on my speed. Because if I can improve that, I think that I'll do really well next year. I ran a 4.68 (40-yard dash) at Velocity my first day and it has improved."

Jackson plans to run track this spring to continue to work on his speed.

"I think that I will do the 4 x 400 relay and the 4 X 100 relay."

Jackson is a 3.3 student at Osseo. He scored a 24 on the ACT, but plans to re-take it again since he didn't study for it the first time. He has an idea of what he hopes to study in college.

"I want to do pre-law."

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