After finding a home at defensive back, Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin athlete Lamar Jackson has seen a shift in his recruitment.
Jackson played a myriad of positions growing up, mainly playing quarterback, but a move to the secondary (with still some time behind center), allowed him to blossom and now Jackson has a half dozen offers.
Two of them came on Tuesday, both from the Pac-12.
“I’ve been talking a lot with Coach (Bob) Gregory at Washington lately too and I think they could offer me soon,” said Jackson.
The Bruins started his Tuesday off with a bang.
“I work out with True Grit and Marcus Rios works out with them and he told me a while ago that the coaches were excited about me. So (Tuesday), Coach (Demetrice) Martin reached out to me and I ended up calling him and we talked for a bit. We got off the phone and he told me to call him back, so I did. And then he said over the phone he was offering me a scholarship,” said Jackson.
For Jackson, it was a big offer.
“It was real exciting for me,” said Jackson. “I appreciate it a lot. UCLA offers a good education, its in the Pac-12 and Coach Martin and Coach (Angus) McClure are cool guys so that was a cool offer to get. It started off with Coach Angus recruiting me and then Coach Martin took over.”
Washington State followed up with an offer and then Michigan offered on Wednesday.
“Coach (Graham) Harrell offered me (from Washington State) and they offered me as an athlete,” said Jackson.
In fact, Jackson said most of his offers have been as an athlete, with Utah the lone school to specify defensive back.
“I’m leaning towards playing defense in college,” said Jackson.
Jackson has been to Cal unofficially, and was at the Stanford-Cal game in Berkeley. He’ll visit UCLA in the coming weeks.
Jackson doesn’t anticipate an early decision.
“I’m planning on taking some visits and enjoying this recruitment,” said Jackson.
Jackson will play with True Grit 7v7 this spring and plans to camp at the Oakland The Opening Regional.
He’s set for the SAT next month.