Renton athlete one to watch

<b>QUINTON JACKSON</b> is an all-league quarterback, a star sprinter and standout basketball player. College recruiters aren't quite sure yet what to make of him, but they know he's too good an athlete to not keep a close eye on. So while no scholarship offers have come his way yet, rest assured that the homestate Cougars and Huskies -- and a whole bunch of others -- will be paying close attentiuon to the multi-dimensional centerpiece of the Renton Indians this upcoming football season.

Whether he's throwing, running or catching the ball, this 6-foot, 165-pound all-everything senior-to-be is --- much like his head coach (former NFL Pro Bowler Terry Metcalf) used to be --- always a threat to take it the distance.

And despite playing for a smaller school, Jackson's getting interest from big-time colleges. This fall will go a long way toward determining what position will be in his collegiate future.

"I was probably better at receiver before, but I'm getting bigger and stronger. I've been lifting and staying in shape this summe," said Jackson, a first-team all-Seamount-League QB as a junior last season.

"I've never run a 40 time before," he said. "But my best 100 meters is 10.9. It's my speed and my playmaking ability that helps me be a good football player. I can make things happen."

That was never more apparent than in a heated game against Evergreen midway through last season. Jackson rushed for 66 yards -- including a 9-yard TD scamper that won the game in the waning moments --- and completed 12 of 16 passes for 169 yards.

He's got more than wheels and a live arm, though. His current max bench is 225 pounds and his power clean is 185.

Moreover, he's tough. In the state Class 3A track championships this past spring he pulled his right hamstring early in the 100 finals yet gutted things out to finish second in 11.36 seconds. As a sophomore, he placed fifth in the state in both the 100 and 200, despite carrying the burden of his mother's then-recent passing to cancer.

When it comes to recruiting, the process has just begun for Quinton. He plans on maximizing all the opportunities that come his way.

"A lot of Pac-10 schools have been looking at me," he said. "Washington, Washington State, Oregon, Oregon State, Idaho, Idaho State, Nevada, Penn State, Montana and Eastern Washington have all be sending me letters. Washington, Oregon State and Montana are probably recruiting me the hardest but I would love to go to places like Texas, Miami, Florida and Florida State," he said.

"I'm open to visiting any campus. I want to go through the whole recruiting proces."

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