Jackson Comments On All-Star Game; USC Rumors

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?

Only some 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.


Indeed, Leon will be facing the high school elite early next year, but rumors still persist that his commitment to Nebraska might 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%".


So many 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 happier.  

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