At the same time, he has five favorite schools that include Arizona State, UCLA, USC, Notre Dame and Oregon. "I really like ASU. I went out there to their camp with (Corona QB) Brian Hildebrand and (Centennial LB) Ryan Phipps, and had a real good time. We played Pop Warner together and talked about what it would be like to play together in college," said Jackson.
Jackson, while undersized a bit at 5-9, has good speed and strong legs. He was the MVP of the Los Angeles Nike Camp, after a strong showing there, and upped his stock. "That was a good chance to show my stuff. People try to count the small guys out, but the smaller guys are harder to tackle and quicker. You can't tackle what you can't see," said Jackson.
UCLA had been Jackson's favorite, and even though he didn't clearly name one when we spoke to him, he still talked highly about the Bruins. Jackson wasn't able to attend UCLA's Junior Day, since he was in Tempe at the ASU camp. He is being recruited by UCLA's assistant coach Mark Weber and running backs coach Eric Bieniemy. "Coach Weber is a great guy, a great line coach, and knows his stuff. Coach Bieniemy is a lot like me. He was smaller too, but knew how to run. It's cool, I watch him on Classic Sports all the time, and I know he played in the NFL and was a Heisman finalist, so I respect him."
An All-State underclass selection in 2002, Jackson had an impressive junior season, rushing for 2,344 yards and 44 TDs, while catching 25 passes for 422 yards and six more TDs, for a total of 50 touchdowns on the season. "I think I am a pretty balanced back. I can run and I can catch the ball out of the backfield. My coach won't let me play defense though, or return kicks."
His timetable for a decision will probably be after his senior season is done. "I want to focus on us winning another championship this season, and go out a winner, then I will make my decision. I am just working hard for this season," said Jackson.
He has a 3.0 GPA and is on his way to being fully qualified with an 890 on his SAT.