Jackson is Among Elite

One of top defensive line prospects on the West Coast, Lawrence Jackson of Inglewood definitely lived up to his billing at the Los Angeles Nike Camp on Saturday. He gave us a little insight into his early recruiting situation…

Lawrence Jackson, 6-4, 250, 4.9 (on a broken toe), 4.6 shuttle, Inglewood (Calif.) High, is one of the elite defensive line prospects in the west.

To date, he has received offers from UCLA, Washington, Oregon and Arizona. "The majority of letters I have received are from the Pac-10," he said.

As far as staying on the West Coast, Jackson was open to attending school in just about any region of the country. "Right now I have no preference, and I am wide open," he said. "I can adapt to new environments very well, so if I go to the East Coast I will do very well. If I go to the South I'll do fine. I'll probably go to the school that recruits me the best."

Jackson grew up a big fan of the Florida Gators and Miami Hurricanes. "Right now I am hearing from Miami, and I am sure that Florida's new staff will get in touch with me soon. Academics, a shot at the NFL, and surroundings will all play a part in which school I choose as well as making me a better person off the field."

"I've talked with my brother (Michael) about joining him at Arizona, but I haven't told him yet if I do have any interest in heading to the desert," Jackson said. "His decision doesn't push me toward Arizona because I am my own man. We are two different people, who can do two totally different things."

Jackson's parents are supportive of whichever school he chooses to attend. "They help me with a little bit of insight, but it is really up to me. They never want to hear me tell them that they made me go to a certain school."

He is scheduled to take the SAT on May 4, and the ACT on June 8. "I'll be cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse as long as I get my score on either test," Jackson said. He has a core GPA of 3.0.

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