Desmond Jackson likes Texas

Spring Westfield defensive tackle Desmond Jackson is one of the top sophomores in the state of Texas. The 6-1, 274-pounder was the 13-5A Newcomer of the Year in 2008 and college programs have taken notice. Burnt Orange Beat was at his high school and spoke with Jackson after practice.

Desmond Jackson was thrust into a starting role for the always talented Spring Westfield Mustangs in 2008. After an adjustment period, the 6-1, 274-pounder with 4.96 speed became a force on Friday nights registering 64 tackles and two sacks which was good for 13-5A Newcomer of the Year honors. After getting over some nerves to begin the season, the sophomore gained confidence.

"I think my sophomore year, I was a little scared at first," Jackson said. "I think I did alright. I expect to do a lot better next season. I can improve my pad level and handwork. I think I'm good with my footwork."

At times Jackson showed the ability to dominate along the front. In a 33-30 loss to Klein Forest, the powerfully built tackle recorded 18 tackles due in large part due to his ability to pursue the ball plus long arms and the strength to disengage.

Jackson, who reports a bench press of 355 and a squat of 520, says he is open to all schools while acknowledging he has two schools that have always stood out.

"I really don't have a list of schools right now. I'm just waiting to see who will offer me. Right now, I've got mail from Texas, OU, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss and a lot of others. My favorite school growing up was Texas. I just loved Texas. I like Alabama too because I'm from Alabama. I've lived in Texas for 14 years, but I'm from Alabama," Jackson said.

With summer camps approaching and unofficial visits to happen in the coming months, Jackson says he is looking for a school and program that can help him become a man and grow as a person.

"I'm looking for a good education first and then atmosphere. I'm looking for a place where I can become a better person," Jackson said.

Receiver Christian Jones joins Jackson, who has plans to attend the Oklahoma Sooners camp, in Westfield 2011 class. Jones is 6-3, 200 pounds, is physically gifted and will very likely be recruited from coast to coast as will Jackson.

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