Jackson to catch some Big 12 action soon

Recruiting coverage at SoonersIllustrated continues as we bring fans the latest in Oklahoma recruiting news. Today, we talked with junior defensive tackle Desmond Jackson from Westfield High School in Spring, Texas.

This past Thursday, the Spring (TX) Westfield football team played in a big game, one that ended with a last minute 35-32 win over district rival Klein Forest. Though it was a good win for the team, it was not easy for junior defensive tackle Desmond Jackson to watch from the sideline.

In the previous game, Jackson has some bruising in his ankle and it was best he sit out for the showdown. But that did not keep him from contributing in the overall efforts of the team.

"This is a big win for because it shows how much heart our team has. I'm normally out there with the team, but from where I am I had to do my part," Jackson said of his supportive, motivating role Thursday night. "Our defense did an excellent job. We had a lot of coverage on the quarterback all night, and the running back did not make many plays. 

"I'm really proud of the defensive line efforts, and with the defensive backs. We have not had many interceptions this season. We had three tonight so that's big."

In the last game, the 6-foot-1, 270-pound Jackson was the victim of a chop block that ultimately twisted his ankle. Nothing too serious, but it was enough for him to give it an extra week of healing.

"I got cut from behind, which is kind of illegal, but I'm just taking it day by day," Jackson said. "As of right now, I should be back by next week."

Now that he and the Mustangs are sitting in a good position with a 4-1 record, Jackson will continue to make it happen in hopes of getting the district crown and a successful playoff run.

Simultaneously, he looks to make a few unofficial trips to take in some Saturday college football action. He will catch some local action, but some of the powerhouse Big 12 programs are sure to catch Jackson on the sidelines.

"Right now I am going to make a couple of Texas games, and I'm definitely going to see Oklahoma play for a fact," Jackson said. "I might even go see Houston play. I heard they are doing well, but I also want to support my home town."

Jackson has written offers from Houston, Oklahoma, Stanford, Arkansas and Texas A&M.

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