Jackson is coming off a season where he was a 1st team All-State Underclass and Student Sports Junior All-American selection. He totaled 134 tackles and 20 quarterback sacks but said he's a much better player this year.
"I didn't just want to rest on what I did last year," Jackson said. "I knew I had to work even harder because teams would be gunning for me. No one knew me that well last year but this year, everyone does. I worked hard all off-season and it's great to see it paying off."
We currently have Jackson the top rated defensive end in the West and top five in the nation. Penn State and Michigan State are the latest to offer but Jackson said he already has a good idea of where he wants to go.
"I'm still feeling USC pretty good right now," Jackson said. "Tennessee is right behind them and I have a trip set up there November 9 when they play Miami. With USC, I really like Ed Orgeron and Pete Carroll. The thing I'm really looking at is how I get along with the head coach and my position coach so that's why USC is so high, I know those two guys the best and we get along so well.
"I still want to wait before I make my decision. I want to see how USC does on the field this year. They always have talent but I want to see if they can put it together. Washington is still in the picture too and they're recruiting me hard. At this point, I'm not sure if I'll take all my trips or not. I'm just going to see how things play out and if I need to, I will. I'm in no hurry to decide right now and I just want to see how the teams do on the field that's very important to me.
Jackson is a five-star recruit as rated by TheInsiders.com and is considered the No. 3 ranked defensive lineman prospect nationally. Oregon is among his favorites along with USC, Colorado, Miami, Tennessee and Washington.