California Big Man Looks To The Future

As we continue to look towards the 2005-2006 recruiting class, it appears that not only is Nebraska targeting large individuals, but ones that are very athletic. We caught up with one such prospect out of Los Angeles that has caught the Cornhuskers' eye. He happens to play two positions that help him on the field in their own ways. Find out more about this prospect inside.

Ricky Jackson is the kind of guy that you'd notice pretty easily standing in a room, unless that room was full of fellow offensive lineman recruits, that is.  Even so, Ricky might tower over several of them.  Playing Offensive Tackle and Defensive End, Jackson has a unique insight towards each position he plays, knowing how to defend and attack both.  He stands 6' 6", weighs 270 pounds and runs a 5.1 40 yard dash.  He benches 275 pounds, squats 325 pounds and power cleans 270 pounds.  As a junior he tallied 50 tackles and acquired two sacks on the defensive side of the ball.


He current holds no offers but has interest in Oregon, USC, Boise State, Utah, UCLA, San Diego State and Washington State with the Trojans as his current leader.  He plans to attend a USC camp, a UCLA camp and a Nike camp.  He sites his strong points as being easy to coach, a fast learner and a solid overall prospect. 


While Ricky spends time on the offensive and defensive side of the ball, one might wonder if an enjoyment of one over the other might show up.  "I prefer defensive end but from talking to my coaches, I might be recruited more as an offensive tackle," said Jackson.  Truly advice he plans to take into consideration as more colleges call.  He does believe that playing both the outside offensive line position and the position that attacks from that side has its advantages towards bettering himself on the field.  Ricky professes an enjoyment of the USC Trojans growing up and naturally still feels pretty strongly regarding them.


With USC being ahead at this point, just what role does the University of Nebraska play in his recruitment? "I like them; they seem like a good school and Coach Callahan seems like a good coach too," said Jackson.  Nebraska hasn't had much contact with Jackson as of yet, however.  He has been getting quite a bit of contact from the University of Oregon in the form of letters.  Ricky was able to expand on some of the bigger factors going into his collegiate decision.  "Probably playing time and the coaching staff.  In reference to playing time, Jackson said, "I'm looking somewhere where I can redshirt and by the next year I could be able to start."  In reference to the coaching staff, Ricky said he'd like, "a fun energetic coach like Pete Carroll," He does not have any visits planned but said he would like to visit USC, Oregon, Washington State, Boise State and Utah at this point.

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