Justin Jackson and MacArthur House, Jr. Update

[Premium Article] For the Class of 2004 in Mississippi, it seems as though every position on the field features a deep roster of prospects. The tight end and defensive end slots are no exception either, loaded with several athletic, strong and quick performers holding down their own at the end of the trenches. And that brings us to tight end Justin Jackson of George County High School and defensive end MacArthur House, Jr., hailing from Grenada High School.

Jackson, 6-foot-2 and 250 pounds, also plays fullback and some defensive tackle, currently working out at those positions this spring. Jackson, expected to be one of the state's top tight ends, was a receiver-slot back and full back last year as a junior.

"I do play a lot of positions on the field and I am working at defensive tackle too this spring," said Jackson. "But my favorite position is tight end and that is the position that colleges are recruiting me to play.

"I am going to work out with the team and work a lot this summer. I am going to the USM and MSU camps and may try to go to one more. I hope to work on my footwork, my catching skills and just coming out better in my stance."

Jackson has received numerous letters from SEC and other colleges in the South, including nearby Southern Mississippi.

"Right now, I am looking at Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi and Mississippi State," said Justin Jackson. "I am looking at those three and may stay in the state for college. But that could change. I have a lot of friends at Southern and I still talk to Eric Moulds (former MSU standout and current Buffalo Bill receiver) a lot. My family and his family have known each other a long time."

MacArthur House is 6-foot-3 and 255 pounds and played on both sides of the line a year ago for the Chargers, starting at both defensive and offensive tackle. However, many schools showing interest have House penciled in as a defensive end. But a few others have talked about House adding some weight to play at defensive tackle.

"Spring is going fine right now," said the well-mannered House. "I am still going to play on both sides this year. I did get a little tired last season but that is all part of it. I am really looking forward to the fall and playing my senior season.

"I like playing defensive tackle the most but I am also playing some defensive end, which is where some schools are recruiting me for. But some coaches talk about defensive tackle and some about playing defensive end. But it doesn't matter to me which way it plays out."

House plans on participating at the Nike Camp in Auburn in a couple of weeks as well as the Ole Miss and Mississippi State summer football camps.

"This will be my first year going to the camps and I am excited about the chance," said House. "You get the opportunity to let more people you see in action and play football. Hopefully, I can improve my game and get better at my position, plus, have a lot of fun."

House has received interest already from Auburn, LSU and Mississippi State among others.

"The most interest right now is coming from Auburn," admitted House. "LSU, Ole Miss and Mississippi State have also been calling my coaches. But there is no favorite right now and it is way too early to tell. I could go out-of-state or stay in-state. That part really does not bother me one way."


Paul Jones is a recruiting correspondent for Gene's Page. Paul, also a sports writer for the Columbus Commerical Dispatch, can be reached by email at pdjmsu@hotmail.com


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