Crosstown Battle for Jackson

Four-star defensive end Marquis Jackson has been committed to UCLA since July but a last-minute official visit to USC has given him plenty to think about. Look inside for the latest on the talented prospect from College of the Canyons.

Four-star defensive end Marquis Jackson has been committed to the UCLA Bruins since July, but the talented prospect from College of the Canyons (Calif.) decided to take a last-minute trip to USC this weekend, and the visit has given him plenty to think about.

"It was a real cool trip. I learned a lot and got to see the coaches and get a feel for them, what they are offering and how they plan on using me," Jackson said. "It was a real learning experience and I liked it. Right now, I just have to make my decision. I have to take everything in and make my decision on what I want to do in life.

"I am still committed to UCLA, but I am also weighing my options."

Jackson's twin brother, Malik, was a solid contributor along USC's defensive line in 2009, so he is familiar with the Trojans, but said his official visit allowed him to get a closer look at the football program.

"I already know about USC and stuff but I wanted to know what goes on behind the scenes with football," he said. "What do you like? Can I fit into your style? Can I come in and compete? I am from a JC so I can't waste time."

So what was the four-star defensive end's impression of the new coaching staff?

"The way they talk and stuff was different but as far as the whole trip it was a learning experience," Jackson explained. "They really sold the fact of coming in where they don't know anybody so everybody is starting off with a clean slate.

"They aren't playing favorites or anything like that, which is cool. Coming into a new system where nobody is playing favorites gives me a better chance of playing. I want to come out there like they don't know me and show my talent and they can base (playing time) off my talent."

Jackson plans to make his college choice between USC and UCLA in the next few days with opportunity for playing time, his family and which school can best prepare him for the NFL being the major factors in his decision.

He was also intrigued by the opportunity to be reunited with his twin brother, Malik.

"It does play a big role because that is my brother. If I have another chance to play with him like I did in high school, and dominate like we did, of course," Jackson said. "At the same time, we are both grown men right now so I don't know. I am just really confused."

The 6-4, 235-pound defensive end will discuss his options with his family before settling on a final decision.

"I don't really want a big announcement type thing," he said. "I will let everybody know what's good once I make a decision but I am not doing it big like that. I don't need all that attention. I'm not in high school."

Whichever school signs Jackson is getting an athletic recruit with a lot of upside.

"I am a dynamic, hard-nosed player that will do whatever you want me to do," he said. "I feel like I am hard-nosed player that will go get it and line up for the next play and beat him up again."

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