Cedar Hill was so talented on offense in 2014 that it had a quarterback sign with LSU (Justin McMillan), a running back sign with USC (Aca’Cedric Ware), and a wide receiver sign with Ole Miss (DaMarkus Lodge).
Yet Joey McGuire and the Longhorns had no problem finding ways to get the ball to their uber talented sophomore Jaylon Jackson in the biggest game of the season: the state championship at AT&T Stadium.
In the Cedar Hill’s state title win over Katy, Jackson tied for the team-high with seven catches for 57 yards. He also rushed one time for five yards.
On a team loaded with talent in 2014, Jackson still received 32 carries for 253 yards and a score and caught 21 passes for 257 yards and a touchdown.
His play as a sophomore caught the eye of several schools, including the Longhorns. HornsDigest caught up with Jackson to see what he thought of UT and how his recruitment is going in general.HD:
What offers do you have at the moment?JJ:
You’ve really started to blow up lately? How is everything going?JJ:
“It’s really good. The more schools I stay in touch with the better my relationships with those schools get. I make sure to keep in touch with him and make sure to update them with what is going on in my life.”***** HD:
You picked up your first offer from Texas Tech. When did that happen and what did it feel like to know you’d been offered by a Big 12 program?JJ:
“I got the Tech offer around the second round of the playoffs. It was wonderful. It made me want to work harder and get more offers. On top of that, though, I was happy to have that one offer. It was a game-changer in my life.”***** HD:
Who did you root for growing up?JJ:
“When I grew up I really liked Oregon and Ohio State. But now I really like Baylor and Oklahoma State. The more I look at them the more I really like what those two schools have to offer offensively. I like Texas Tech’s offense too because they are an air-raid offense and throw the ball a lot.”***** HD:
One school you didn’t mention is Texas. What interest do you have in the Longhorns?JJ:
“I actually visited Texas’ practice a few weeks ago. I really liked what their coaches are doing. Looks like they are throwing the ball more at Texas. Their coaches didn’t like their guys walking around. They want them moving all the time.”***** HD:
Would you say you are looking at UT more these days, especially after your visit?JJ:
“I would say Texas is rising. I look at Texas more now. At first I really wasn’t looking at them but I really like what their program is doing.”***** HD:
What type of offense would you like to play in?JJ:
“I like an offense that will go deep at any time. They aren’t afraid to throw the ball deep at any time. And I like a quick offense too. I just really like a team that spreads the field.”***** HD:
How would you describe your game? Is there anyone out there right now you’d compare your style to?JJ:
Cedar Hill used you in a variety of ways. Where would you like to play in college?JJ:
“I want to be a slot wide receiver, that’s what I’m aiming for. I could see myself being in a Tavon Austin roll.”***** HD:
What is it going to be like knowing you are going to be the go-to guy next season for Cedar Hill, a defending state champ?JJ:
“It’s pushing me more to get a state title this season and not depend on the stars from the last team. It’s wonderful but it’s a lot of weight. My teammates are stepping up a lot too so I don’t feel like I am alone with it. My team is carrying a big load too.”***** HD:
What’s up next for you?JJ:
“I’ll be at Oklahoma State on April 18.”
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