Pasco High School's Leon Jackson was recently nominated for the 2005 U.S. Army All-American Game featuring some of the nation's top athletes from all over the country. Amid rumors that he might be considering a visit to USC, how is Jackson handling the attention and how is his season progressing?
of the finest athletes in the country get a chance to play in the U.S. Army
All-American Game, Leon Jackson being one of those few in the 2005 version.
The honor is certainly not lost on
the humble young man from Pasco, WA.
"It means a lot to me. After my regular season, I'm going to
work really hard to get ready because all of the athletes are the tops in the
country." Jackson said.
Leon will be facing the high
school elite early next year, but rumors still persist that his commitment to
not be as solid as originally thought. It has been suggested that Jackson was interested in
taking a visit to USC. Jackson immediately put
those rumors to bed upon the instant they were mentioned. "No, they're just rumors. I haven't gotten anything from USC
lately like letters. They called my coach (and asked for my number), but they
never called. They're not
interested in me and I'm not interested in them" remarked the four-star
runningback prospect. As if that
wasn't clear enough, when asked point blank how firm his commitment to the
University of Nebraska was, Leon said "110%".
times, people forget that a young student-athlete has a lot to learn and classes
to attend along with their load of practices, but Leon remains
confident about his schoolwork.
"School's been going great," he said. "I'm taking all core classes, trig,
world history, world lit. Grades
are doing fine. It's going to be kind of tough, but I've just got to stay
focused. By the time it's over, I
should be ready."
Leon continues to
shine on the field as this past week during Pasco's homecoming game, he carried the ball 21
times for 192 yards and two touchdowns. The week prior, he rushed 17 times for
130 yards and 1 touchdown. Jackson's
team runs the West Coast Offense and he remarked at how similar some of the
practices his team uses are to Nebraska's. "We watch tape of the warm-ups and
some of the drills that we do, we do the same as Nebraska." Leon doesn't want ‘Husker fans to
think he's just a runningback, he can also catch the ball, too. "(Recently), I sucked the linebackers in
so much for a screen, they were so used to me running, I acted like I was pass
blocking and I ran for 31 yards."
Naturally, a lot can happen between now and signing day, but
Jackson insists that there is nothing that could
sway his decision to attend school at Nebraska. He won't even be taking any further
visits to Lincoln as he just wants to enjoy his senior
season and then prepare for life as a Cornhusker. "Nebraska's the one," he said and the masses in Lincoln couldn't be