Beavs offer dynamic receiver, says prep coach

OREGON STATE HAS offered an offensive playmaker who could be fast emerging as one of the top receiver prospects in California. The 6-3, 190 pounder is a physical, dynamic athlete said his coach who says he has the potential to become a national-type recruit as the recruiting year rolls along.

Diante Jackson out of Walnut Creek, Calif., holds seven offers including one from Oregon State.

"He's a big receiver, a very good looking kid, very dynamic," said Doug Longero, head man at Las Lomas High.

JACKSON IS A big target at 6-foot-3 but that's only one part of what college coaches like, said Longero, who said he expects more schools to come calling in May and that Jackson could wind up being a national type prospect before it's all said and done.

"He's right up there with anybody in the country, I would put him right up there with anybody physically," said Longero.

LAST SEASON, DEFENSIVE COORDINATORS had few answers in trying to limit Jackson's production. He racked up 65 catches for 1,283 yards and 19 TDs.

Jackson also had two interceptions playing part time on defense, and he plays a mean defensive back and will play more on defense this year -- but his future at the next level will be on the offensive side of the ball. Longero said all the schools who have offered Jackson have done so as a receiver.

UPCOMING SPRING PLANS for unofficial visits have yet to be finalized but Longero said a trip to Eugene for a spring practice looks to be in the works. Whether Jackson would also swing by Corvallis or make stops at other Northwest area schools remains to be worked out.

Any verbal commitment, however, looks to be well down the road.

"He won't make an early decision. He's going to have to take some (official) visits. He's pretty open and the whole process is new," said Longero.

Jackson's other offers are from Oregon, ASU, WSU, UNLV, Utah and San Jose State. USC has also been showing interest, said Longero.

"I would say the Pac-10 schools are doing a pretty good job of recruiting him -- I would say Washington State, Oregon and Arizona State have done a great job with him," said Longero.

Diante Jackson


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