Jackson's Recruitment Coming Along

The big offensive line/defensive line prospect from Inglewood firms up his plans for official visits, and relates his reaction, in regards to his recruitment, of the UCLA/USC game...

Keith Jackson, 6-6, 300, Inglewood (Calif.) High, said that just about everything is the same in his recruiting, except for some little developments.

"I've getting closer to arranging more official visits," he said. "I'm going to visit San Jose State December 1st. Then Wisconsin December 8th. And then I'll visit Arizona and UCLA in January." Jackson had said that he wouldn't use an official visit on UCLA previously, since the school was local, but he's changed his mind. "Yeah, I want to visit them now," he said.

He's also considering Oregon and USC, and either of those two could possibly get his fifth visit.

Jackson also has maintained that he's always been wide open, and recent reports that UCLA is no longer his leader are misleading. "UCLA has been my favorite and probably still is. They're definitely still up there. Nothing has really changed. I'm still really wide open, though, like I've always been."

Staying close to home, though, is something that Jackson prefers. "I wouldn't have a problem staying, and I wouldn't have a problem leaving. But I'd prefer to stay. That's why UCLA was my favorite."

The other biggest factor in Jackson's decision will be the prospect of playing relatively early. "It means a lot to me to go somewhere I can play. I don't expect to come in and play. But at least by my sophomore, or what would be my freshman year. How fast I can play, how fast I can contribute is important."

When asked if the UCLA/USC game had any kind of impact on his decision, Jackson said, "No, doesn't matter. I mean, you can get a little indication from it, but it's just one game. It really doesn't really matter."

Jackson is determined to take all of his trips and get all the information he needs to make his decision. "I want to see the schools, take my trips and then I'll probably decide in late January," he said.

Jackson has close to a 3.0 GPA and scored a 980 on his SAT.

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