UCLA Is Keeping an Eye on 3-Star RB Gil'Scott Jackson

Nov. 6 -- Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian running back Gil-Scott Jackson has put together a big senior season and patiently awaits his first offer, with UCLA a school evaluating him...

Despite putting up big numbers for a 9-0 Westlake Village (Calif.) Oaks Christian squad, three-star running back Gil'Scott Jackson is still waiting for his first offer.

"I'm still waiting for it to come in but I'm staying with it," said Jackson. "I'm hearing from a lot of Pac-12 schools and a couple other small schools but there are still a lot of West Coast schools interested in me."

Jackson has been a frequent visitor at the Coliseum and the Rose Bowl this season.

"I've been to a couple of UCLA and USC games and I'm in the mix with them and I'm still talking with Cal and Washington," said Jackson.  "Washington said they're full at running back, but they want to stay on me in case something happens."

Jackson said the local schools both have interest.

"Growing up, I like USC, UCLA and Oregon, those were my favorite schools so I'm still talking with them," said Jackson.  "I like both USC and UCLA nad have been to games and they've been talking more with me since the season started.  I know it's kind of late in the process, but I'm just grinding and staying with it.  A lot of schools are just saying be patient."

Fresno State and San Diego State have picked up their interest in Jackson and Colorado likes him too as an athlete with ideas of playing him as a corner.

"Every other school wants to keep me as a running back, but whatever it takes to get on the field," said Jackson.

Jackson missed almost all of the spring with an injury and thinks that put him behind.

"Not doing the spring stuff definitely hurt me, but it was the right decision to get healthy and now I'm having a great season," said Jackson.

Jackson has rushed for almost 1,300 yards and 21 touchdowns and with all of the Lions' blowouts, has rarely played a full game.  But he knows the playoffs in the Pac-5 can help his stock more.

"I definitely think the playoffs will be a big thing and it will really help get me out there for offers if we're doing well," said Jackson.  "I definitely think if we play well, my recruiting process will pick up."

But before the Lions can talk playoffs, they have to beat crosstown rival Westlake on Friday.  A win clinches the Marmonte League title and a likely top 4 seed in the Pac-5, the toughest division in the West.  It also brings new Oaks coach Jim Benkert against the school he coached for 26 years.

"Coach Benkert has told us all week that it's not about him, that it's about Oaks and Westlake," said Jackson.  "It doesn't matter who we play.  If we lose this game, we could miss the playoffs. We could be 9-1 and miss the playoffs.  So to get to 10-0 is essential for our seeding in the playoffs and we could move up as a seed if we win."


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