Jackson in No Hurry

May 5 -- There wasn't a more intriguing player to watch at the recent B2G 7v7 tournament over the weekend than Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin athlete Lamar Jackson...

Lamar Jackson is one of the region's top defensive back prospects and looked good in the two games we saw him play over the weekend. He's a huge kid and looks all of 6-2.5 or 6-3 and 205-210 pounds.

Jackson played safety and at first glance, it's tough not to wonder if he'll eventually bulk up in to an outside 'backer at the next level. Then you see Jackson move around, how much ground he can cover, how rangy he is and how well he moves in space and and there's no doubt that he has the athleticism to stay in the secondary and be an impact player.

On the recruiting front, Jackson recently visited both USC and UCLA on back to back weekends.

"I loved both visits," Jackson said. "With USC, I visited with my mom first and that was like an official visit. They showed us around the entire campus and I have great communication with the coaches there. I talk with Coach Heyward a lot but I got to meet the whole staff on that visit and sat down one on one with Coach Sark.

"My mom was really impressed with the academic presentation. We met with the head of the department and she gave my mom her card and said to call any time. Last week, I was with my 7v7 team but I still had a chance to talk with the coaches and I'm really comfortable there with everyone."

Jackson said the two visits to UCLA were also very enjoyable.

"UCLA was one of my first big offers and I have a great relationship with Coach Meat (Martin)," Jackson said. "I love his personality and how we can talk about anything. He's a straight up guy and doesn't beat around the bush, he gives it to you straight and I appreciate that about him.

"We did the whole campus tour and my mom liked it there a lot as well. We saw the facilities, met the academic people, we saw it all. The next visit was with my 7v7 team and that was a trip to the Rose Bowl for the spring showcase. Right now, I'm honestly open to not just those two schools but all schools. I'm not close to making a decision and plan to go through this process."

Jackson did say the two L.A schools are recruiting him harder than anyone else but he plans to take some visits before narrowing things down.

"I want to do a tour around the whole Pac 12," Jackson said. "I want to go see the Arizona schools, Oregon schools and Washington schools. Then I want to take all my official visits too. I know I'll check out Michigan and would love to see Alabama too. You only go through this process once and I want to enjoy it.

"My dream scenario would be to commit on T.V, either at The Opening or during one of the All-American games. Right now, I have no leaders and everyone has a fair shot. My mom is going to support me no matter what I do, she'll have input but it's my decision. Right now, I'm just excited to go through the process and see how it all plays out."


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