Jackson up to five offers

He's got size, speed and strength. Leon Jackson is a running back that can run you over at 6-foot-3 and 200 pounds or run right past you with his 4.4/40 speed.

He's a defensive coordinator's worst nightmare. Leon Jackson can hurt you a variety of different ways running the ball. Now take the type of offense that Pasco, Wash. has and take it times two.

"We run the west coast offense," Jackson said. "I catch the ball, a lot. I line up at the running back and the wide receiver position sometimes."

Last year Jackson had around 20 receptions and three of those went for touchdowns. He is more well known for his running back abilities, but catching the ball is an overlooked strength of Leon.

"I'd say that my vision and speed are my biggest strengths as a running back." Last year Jackson had 1814 yards rushing and 35 rushing touchdowns. He also doubles a returner.

His offensive performances were good enough to capture Co-Offensive Player of the Year honors. He also received All-State honors as a defensive back.

The list of offers has grown and he is now holding offers from Washington, Washington State, Nebraska, Oregon and Oregon State. So far he hasn't scheduled any unofficial visits but he has attended junior days at Washington and Washington State.

Jackson said that he has some things that he is looking for in a school, "I want to be comfortable. I am also looking at what kind of education I will get and of course I'll look at the football team."

Distance doesn't look to play into Jackson's decision about where he will attend college. "No, distance isn't a problem. Definitely since Lincoln is more like a town versus a big city. I'm looking for a smaller city."

The setting needs to be a bit smaller for Jackson he admits and Nebraska has that going for them. Nebraska also has shown a good deal of interest toward Jackson and he and his family have recognized that.

"Coach Wagner called me we talked. Head Coach Bill Callahan sent me a letter. The offer from Nebraska was a dream come true. I've followed them (Nebraska). I can say that I grew up watching the Huskers. More than likely I will officially visit them."

The fact that Lincoln is a smaller city and the Jackson has followed the Huskers is encouraging to Nebraska's chances to pull Leon out of the Northeast. However, the changes going on in Lincoln are also something that Leon has been paying close attention to.

"Coach Wagner explained that they were changing the offense to a west coast offense. We run the same offense at my high school. I am really favoring Nebraska, they are definitely in my top five."

Although Jackson wouldn't name any other specific schools in his top five Nebraska definitely is there. Jackson has team camp plans at Eastern Washington in three weeks and plans on attending a camp at USC.

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