At 6'0 and 185 pounds, Cedar Hill quarterback Driphus Jackson is being recruited at many positions. Some want the junior as a quarterback, others as a safety, most as an athlete.
"The majority of the schools recruiting me are recruiting me as an athlete. I know Kansas State, Rice, and Tulsa, are recruiting me as a quarterback," stated Jackson to PonyStampede.com. "It really doesn't matter. I'm open to playing anything that will help the team, but I would prefer to stay at quarterback."
It should come to no shock that Jackson is getting the looks. Since taking over as starting quarterback for the Longhorns, the Cedar Hill product is 24-3 as a starter. He helped guide Cedar Hill to a 12-1 season this year, throwing for over 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns.
Recently, Jackson was on the SMU campus for the Steve Clakson Dreammaker's academy. He showed off his ability, proving to be one of the top athletic quarterback in attendance. While at the camp, he couldn't help but notice the SMU campus.
"I like the campus. My sister used to go to SMU for summer school. I have been up there a lot. I have always been impressed with the facilities, and it's close to home," said Jackson. "My coaches actually told me today (Thursday) that he has talked with them and that they are going to evaluate my film. They want to see if other parts of the staff like my tape. So, we will go from there....I would need to check in with the academic program, which I know is A1, but yeah I would definitely take interest in SMU."
So what else is Jackson looking for?
"Besides for academics, I want a place with good tradition. I want to see how many people they are sending to the draft every year. I would love to play in the NFL some day," said the signal-caller. "I want to know that the place I go can help me grow as a man. Being away from home, what am I'm going to learn and how are they going to help me become a better person?"
Jackson runs a 4.57 forty and will look to improve his time this spring. His main focus working out right now is his speed.
"I think my footwork is fine, but I need to work on my speed for the next level. It's my biggest concern. I feel that I could help my team a lot more if I get faster," said Jackson.
As a sophomore, Jackson was forced to move a little more out of the pocket, as he collected over 800 yards on the ground. This season, he just rushed for 300.
PonyStampede.com will keep up to date with the junior and let SMU fans know if anything breaks.