Jackson Recaps UCLA Visit

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2014 quarterback Eban Jackson talked to after participating in UCLA's Skills Camp Sunday...

Long Beach (Calif.) Poly 2014 quarterback Eban Jackson was out at Sunday's UCLA Skills camp and embraced the opportunity to make a name for himself.

"It was very fun. I really liked the experience. I got to talk to with the Offensive Coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Noel Mazzone. He said I was doing well, so just to hear that from a college coach at a young age before even starting my Varsity year is a really good compliment," he said.

A good number of players, many of them quarterbacks, attended the camp, but Jackson found ways to stand out from the masses.

"I think the one thing I did that stood out when we were doing the drills is that I was very focused. I wasn't as playful or talkative as some guys; I think the concentration factor is important. Most coaches won't really tell you that they look for that, but I think they want a quarterback who can focus in on the task and execute it to the best of his ability. I think that's one thing that makes me stand out," he said.

The 6'3", 168 lb. signal-caller also looked good on the field and felt especially confident in two of the drills.

"We did a two receiver route, just throwing routes to where the particular receiver is supposed to be; I hit all of my receivers. The one thing is that you really don't get a lot of reps, so you have to take your reps and do well on that rep because you don't know how many you will get. We also did accuracy drills, getting the ball in the bags or through the window. I think those were the two drills I did the best in," he said.

Though it's still early on in the process for Jackson, he left Westwood feeling positive about the Bruins.

"I've been to UCLA several times, but it was the first time I attended camp. I was supposed to go last year, but I had a fractured toe, so I couldn't attend the camp. I really liked the experience and I liked how the coaches were coaching, how excited that they are to get out there and coach kids. I'm really going to look into them," he said.

In addition to UCLA, who has recently shown interest in the prospect, Jackson is also hearing from Northwestern and Oregon, and says he grew up a fan of Ohio State. Over the next few months, he'll take the time to explore some of those options, as well.

"We have a couple of 7on7 tournaments coming up, and I think we'll have three at Poly versus teams we will play in the regular season. Later on in July, I'm hoping to go to Northwestern and talk with some of the coaches. I'll probably also check out Ohio State, just go up there and look at the campus and meet with the coaches, but that's about it," he said.

The fall marks Jackson's first season as the Jackrabbits' starting quarterback, and after training hard throughout the spring, he feels prepared to take on the role.

"I feel much more confident than I did earlier. I was coming from basketball and I wasn't able to attend all of our spring practices, but after our spring game and two passing leagues, I feel much better. I only got a couple of reps on Varsity last year, but you kind of adapt to it, take it day by day. The real test will be Friday nights. I won't have the full experience until then, but I feel confident this is the year that we will do something positive," he said.


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