COMMIT: OT switches from UCLA to Oregon State

OFFENSIVE TACKLE PROSPECT Darryl Jackson out of Lakewood Calif., has had a circus recruitment. But things finally seem to be set in stone for the 6-7, 300-pounder out of Mayfair High. And that stone is colored black and orange.

Darryl Jackson was a late signee with SMU last spring, but despite qualifying by NCAA standards, wasn't admitted into SMU, much to the chagrin of the SMU coaches.

So Jackson returned home and received an offer from UCLA. He in turned signed a grant-in-aid, which bound the school, but not Jackson.

After taking an official visit to Oregon State, who continued to recruit him, the last weekend in October, Jackson was feeling the Beavers.

On Tuesday of this week, Jackson called Rick Neuheisel and told him he was changing his commitment to Oregon State.

"Some newspaper said that I called him after the game last night and told him I was switching, but that wasn't true and made me look bad," said Jackson. "I called Coach Neuheisel two days before the game and told him I was going to Oregon State. I wouldn't do something like they wrote. That was bad."

Jackson said he called Mike Riley and Keith Heyward, the head coach and assistant coach from Oregon State recruiting him, and told them he wanted to be a Beaver.

"I took my trip up to Oregon State on Halloween weekend when they played Cal and just fell in love with it," said Jackson. "Part of the reason I went to SMU early on was because I wanted to get out of California. Oregon State is a great fit for me.

"Coach Riley calls it a 'five-minute town' because everything is within five minutes of each other."

The Beavers had been showing interest in Jackson for some time, with o-line coach Mike Cavanaugh getting a call from Adrian Klemm, the coach at SMU.

"After I left SMU, Coach Klemm, who was coached by Coach Cav, called him and Coach Cav said he was interested, but at the time, they didn't have any scholarships. A couple months later, they did.

I love Coach Cav because he is real technical, he brings out the nastiness but makes sure you have the proper technique."

Even though he was committed to UCLA, Oregon State kept trying to sell him on the Beaver program, Jackson said.

"When they contacted me, I was committed to UCLA," said Jackson. "But they never ever talked negative about UCLA. Coach Heyward was just telling me how great Corvallis and Oregon State was. My trip there confirmed it. I loved everything about it. The atmosphere and the college town aspect are great."

Jackson also grew close to Heyward.

"Coach Heyward is an amazing guy," said Jackson. "He never said nothing negative about UCLA, just to consider their program. The whole time I was there, they weren't putting any pressure on me and I liked that."

Jackson said the Beavers would like him to come in and compete for a starting position right away. The early start will help towards that goal.

"I go up there January 3rd and I will be there for spring practice," said Jackson.

Brandon is in his sixth year with, currently as the West Regional Manager. Prior to joining Scout, he spent three years as an o-line and tight ends coach in the high school ranks.
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