Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin 2016 athlete Lamar Jackson (6-3, 205), got his first offer last month and it made a big impression on Jackson.
“Boise State offered me and it was really exciting,” said Jackson. “I almost cried. It was a big relief to get my first offer. That was what I was working for and honestly, it came out of nowhere and I was shocked.”
The Broncos offered him as an athlete.
“Coach (Julius) Brown offered me as an athlete, and I can play safety or corner,” said Jackson. “I played some quarterback last week. I bounce around.”
The Broncos got a head start and other schools have been staying in regular contact with Jackson.
“Arizona, Utah, UCLA and Washington have all been talking to me a lot and all are showing a lot of interest in me,” said Jackson. “San Jose State and Colorado are a little bit too. They all like me as an athlete too.”
Jackson camped with Colorado, San Jose State and Arizona State during the summer.
Having played quarterback and having experience with the ball in his hands, despite being more suited to play defense, Jackson looks to another Sacramento product for some inspiration.
“I actually know Shaq Thompson (at Washington) personally and I wouldn’t mind playing some running back in college while playing safety or linebacker or wherever,” said Jackson. “But I could play both ways.”
Jackson will play on the 7v7 circuit this spring with True Grit Sports, coached by the father of former Boise State defensive back Brandyn Thompson.
This weekend, Franklin will play crosstown foe Pleasant Grove in their rivalry game.