Oregon showing interest in Jackson

Jefferson (La.) Riverdale ATH Donte Jackson is preparing for many big name schools to check him out this spring.

Three-star Riverdale athlete Donte Jackson is starting to see things pick up this spring. A number of top programs are starting to show interest in the junior, who claims offers from the likes of Georgia, Kansas State and Arizona State.

One of the programs that has entered the picture is Oregon. Jackson said he's been in contact with Ducks secondary coach John Neal for a little over two weeks and he's made it clear that they are interested in his speed. Jackson reportedly ran the 40 yard dash in under 4.3 seconds last year.

"He's been telling me he really likes my speed," Jackson said. "With them being Oregon, he just feels they could be the best team for me to utilize it on the offensive or defensive end. He really thinks they can make me a real ballplayer up there in the system that they run."

Jackson agreed with the assessment that he could be a weapon in the Oregon system.

"I feel that it's a nice system for me and my speed," he said. "Even if I'm on the offensive end or defensive end, I feel like they can get me the ball where I need it and get me open in space."

Jackson views himself as a balanced athlete and expressed a desire to play on both sides of the ball at the next level, but said he didn't have a preference if he had to choose just one. He noted that if he's limited to one side, he can always play special teams.

"I talked with Coach Neal about that," Jackson said. "He felt that was something that could get me out there and get me in space."

Oregon could be one of many schools coming by this spring to check on the talented athlete. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound prospect said he's been hearing from Alabama, LSU, Clemson, Florida State and Texas A&M, and that a majority of them should be out to take a closer look during the evaluation period.

"Ole Miss is supposed to be coming by," Jackson said. "Texas Tech stopped by today, Cincinnati stopped by today, LSU is supposed to be coming down, Georgia is coming down next week, [University of Louisiana Lafayette] is coming down next week, USC and Arizona State are coming down and Florida State is coming down."

Once spring ball ends, Jackson plans on mapping out where he wants to take his visits.

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