While QB's like Harrison Beck, Jonathan Garner and Carlton Hill have garnered most of the headlines in Florida this season, Carlton Jackson from Ely High School in Pompano Beach, Fla has quietly gone about the business of putting together an impressive senior season.
Hailing from a prep program that is perennially considered one of the Sunshine State's best, Jackson has led his team to an impressive 7-2 record and birth in the state playoffs. This season, the senior signal-caller has amassed 1,400 yards passing and an impressive 19 touchdowns through the air while adding five scores on the ground.
Despite his gaudy numbers at the QB spot, many schools see Jackson as an athlete type although he hopes his future will have him calling the plays next season.
"I want to play QB but a lot of schools are recruiting me as an athlete," said Jackson. "But if I had my choice, I'd stay at QB."
On the recruiting front, Jackson has basically narrowed his list down to three. He will be at Michigan State this weekend for an official visit and will follow that up with an official visit to Ohio State the following weekend. A visit date has not been set with NC State as of yet but Jackson does have serious interest in the Wolfpack program.
"That's a good school and I like them," said Jackson. " I get mail from State and a phone call every so often, and they're recruiting me as a QB.
"They have a lot of players from south Florida and they have a pass-based offense. When I was in elementary school I went to camp at Florida State and that's when I met coach Amato."
Despite the interest in NC State, all indications point to Jackson running with the Buckeyes in 2005 with a commitment potentially coming in the not-so-distant future.
"To be honest, I'm kind of leaning towards committing to Ohio State but I want to take all my visits before I do it," said Jackson. "I camped at Ohio State over the summer and then I went up there when they played Cincinnati and it was nice."
Jackson plans to major in either Criminal Justice or Sports Medicine once he gets to college.