Recruiting: Sooners land 4-star Texas DB

Seguin, Texas prospect Desmond Jackson is so good that you can argue that he is the best cornerback in Lone Star State. Jackson, a four-star prospect in the latest rankings, talks about his game and commitment to Oklahoma. (Photo courtesy of the Seguin-Gazette)


Seguin, Texas prospect Desmond Jackson is so good that you can argue that he is the best cornerback in Lone Star State. And at worst, one of the top two corners in Texas. On Thursday, Jackson made a decision of where he is going to take his great talent to play college football.

"I committed to Oklahoma today," said Jackson. "I was talking to Bob Stoops and I like the way he carries himself. OU was one of my top two choices anyway. I was going to go there or Texas. I just think Oklahoma gives me the better opportunity to play than Texas. I talked to him yesterday and I told him I wanted to talk it over with my family. I just called him today and committed. He was real happy about it. I also talked to Coach (Bobby Jack) Wright and he was real happy about it as well."

Jackson broke into the starting line-up as a sophomore after lettering as a freshman. Last season Jackson finished with seven interceptions, six of which were returned for touchdowns. He finished with 70 tackles, 13 tackles-for-loss and five sacks. He also returned one punt return for a touchdown (83 yards) and one kick return for a touchdown (91). As a sophomore, Jackson had 85 tackles and 13 pass break-ups.

"I am very explosive at the line of scrimmage," said Jackson. "I am big and I like to hit a lot, but I have good recovery speed. I also play a little defensive end and a little outside linebacker. When it is third and long, sometimes they put me on the line of scrimmage to rush the passer. I am tall and pretty quick, and I can just run around the offensive tackle. Then they put me at outside linebacker because we run the 3-4 defense and we like to blitz our linebackers. I picked off four of my passes at corner last year and the other two at safety."

Jackson can bench 305 pounds, squats 425 and he has posted a vertical jump 33-inches. Jackson is also the starting point guard in hoops and averages 12 points per game. In track, he runs 4X100 (anchor), 4X200 (third leg) and the sprint relay (second or anchor leg). He also participates in the high jump (6'4).

Jackson went to the UT camp last Sunday, and he plans to go to UTEP's camp sometime this summer.

"I plan on getting up to Oklahoma sometime this summer or the beginning of August," said Jackson. "I know Oklahoma has great facilities and a great campus. I am looking forward to seeing it."

Jackson had seven offers from OU, Texas, Arizona, Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Nebraska, SMU and TCU.

"I am going to look forward to playing against Texas at Oklahoma," said Jackson. "That is a great game and I will look forward to playing against them."

Jackson plays AAU Basketball and plays in a seven-on-seven league. Seguin is 1-1 thus far this summer.

Jackson is awaiting his SAT score and he is confident his grades are in order.

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