UCLA Goes to the Bayou -- Again

With the success UCLA has had recruiting Louisiana, particularly River Ridge John Curtis Christian High School, the Bruins are again down in the Bayou recruiting Curtis linebacker <b>Jacque Jackson</b>...

UCLA running back coach Eric Bieniemy has made a recent habit of scouring the Bayou for sleepers, and two of those have already made instant impacts at UCLA, in Chris Horton and Chris Markey. Not to mention, freshman linebacker Fred Holmes, who is also making contributions on the Bruins special teams, and at back-up linebacker as well.

And given Bieniemy's and UCLA's success at River Ridge (Louis.) John Curtis Christian last year, they are back down there this year, with their attention turned to linebacker Jacque Jackson (6-0, 210).

The two-year starter on the outside for one of Louisiana's top prep programs came out to Los Angeles for UCLA's Spring Game, taking an unofficial trip to Westwood, and met with the coaching staff.

"I met Coach Bieniemy when he was recruiting down here for Colorado. Then when he went to UCLA he kept in contact with the school here. Then when he was recruiting Aaron (Meyer), Fred (Holmes) and Chris (Johnson), I talked with him. Coach Bieniemy, the word to describe him is honest. He has been honest and upfront with me this whole time."

Jackson said the Bruins have offered, with Bowling Green his only other offer, and his third favorite is Arkansas, who he has yet to receive an offer from.

Jackson said: "I like UCLA a lot. If I had to choose right now, it would be them. But Arkansas is another one of my favorites. I haven't gone there to see the school, but I have seen UCLA. My coach, he tells us to worry about recruiting until our season is done, so I'll worry about that in December. I'll set my trips up then. I may also trip to Auburn."

While on his trip, Jackson also got to meet with head coach Karl Dorrell, and came away impressed. "I really liked Coach Dorrell. He is focused and confident."

Jackson said UCLA has several factors in its favor, not the least being immediate playing time. He said "I know they start some juniors, so they have some playing time. I may even have to compete with Fred for a spot, like high school. But the playing time is what the coaches are telling me about."

In addition, the sight of three former teammates is appealing. "I talk to those guys all the time. I just called Aaron tonight."

Another factor for UCLA is the family's eagerness to move West: "I know my family wouldn't have a problem with me coming to Los Angeles. Who would? My mom is in Dallas, so Arkansas would be closer, but she would like L.A. My family would follow me out there."

On the year, Jackson has 33 tackles and 4 sacks for the 6-0 Patriots.

Jackson has a 3.5 GPA, scored a 19 on his ACT and is a member of the National Honor Society. He is qualified for college.


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