Dante Jackson of Greenfield (Oh.) McClain became known on the Ohio sports scene as a standout basketball prospect. However, after playing football as a junior for the first time since his freshman year, Jackson is starting to get attention for his skills on the gridiron.
Has the attention changed Jackson's mind about focusing on football?
"Am I serious about playing football? I would say yes," Jackson said. "Everyone thinks I am not really serious about football. I am very serious about it."
Jackson lists his size at 6-4, 200 and recently was timed in the 40-yard dash.
"I went down to the North Carolina Scout combine," he said. "I ran a 4.65 forty the first time I have ever ran the forty. I know I can do better than that."
Jackson plans on attending football camp at Ohio State this year.
"I really want to come up to the Ohio State camp," he said. "Me and my quarterback are filling out the paperwork now."
Jackson already has scholarship offers for basketball from Michigan, Xavier, and Dayton. He is also hearing from several regional schools for football.
"I am hearing from Ohio State, Cincinnati, Miami of Ohio, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ball State, Syracuse, and Tennessee for football," Jackson said.
Needless to say, Jackson will face a tough decision ahead. But it sounds like he will weigh all his options.
"As far as what I am going to do is concerned, I need to see what is out there," Jackson said. "I need to look at the education. Where I can get on the field or the court earliest. When it is all said and done I just need to sit down and decide what is the best situation for me whether it be football or basketball."
Jackson also runs track for McClain, participating in the 110 and 300 hurdles, the 200 m and the high jump (with a best of 6-7).
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