UCLA Offers Michigan Speedster

Michigan wide receiver prospect, James Jackson, who won the Michigan state 100 meters championship as a sophomore, has had a flurry of scholarship offers come to him in recent weeks. The action has not slowed down as just this week two more came through for the speedster and both from opposite coasts...

It was a big week for James Jackson, the #13-ranked wide receiver in the Scout.com 2009 national class, having contact with three of college football's more tradition-rich programs.

The first came early in the week when Florida phoned in with some news for the 5'10, 175-pound wide receiver: He had an offer from the Gators.

"I was very excited," he said of the offer, "my coach received the call and spoke with Coach Gonzalez and they said they wanted to offer me. I talked to Coach [Billy] Gonzalez later and he confirmed it and said they would send it in the mail to make it official."

The good news did not stop there for Jackson as a school who had been recruiting him for some time decided they were ready to offer him.

"UCLA was the same process as Florida," he reported, "Coach [Chuck] Bullough called and I talked to him and he told me an offer was coming in the mail."

The distance both schools are from mid-Michigan may seem daunting to some, but not to Jackson and his family who are already beginning to make plans to see both of the recent offering parties.

"I definitely will take those trips with my family," Jackson said, "Possibly official or unofficial, we haven't decided that yet."

In addition to the two offers, Jackson received a third phone call from new Michigan head coach Rich Rodriguez. Jackson's first offer came from the Wolverines, but that was under Lloyd Carr, so there has been some question as to whether or not the offer still stood, but not any longer.

"Well, I'm going down there (Ann Arbor) on Thursday for the junior day and he said he's really looking forward to seeing me and chatting with me and he confirmed the scholarship offer still stands."

Stay close to home, head to the West Coast or the Southeast? James Jackson has a lot of options.


For more stories and video on Jackson, go to his player profile.

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