Pasco back is wide open on colleges

IT'S FUNNY TO think that <b>Leon Jackson</b> still has to win people over. After capturing back-to-back Class 4A 100 meter sprint titles and piling up 2,000 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior, colleges are still looking for more. Jackson is hoping to oblige, and so far his Pasco High Bulldogs are paving the way to another state football championship.

The 6-2, 210-pound Jackson – widely considered one of the nation's top 15 running back prospects -- was supposed to visit Oregon State this past weekend, but he wasn't in shape to make it out to Corvallis. "I changed it," Jackson told about the visit date. "I'm going to see them the 6th of November when they play USC. It was just bad timing. I'm pretty sick right now. I'm going to Nebraska to watch them play Kansas State and on October 30th I'm going to see U-Dub (Washington) play the (Oregon) Ducks."

Jackson has offers from Washington State, Washington, Nebraska, Oregon State, Oregon, Idaho and Eastern Washington. "I'm interested in all of them," he said. "I don't have a favorite right now."

And any other official visit dates outside of Big Red? "I'm trying to get Florida and USC to look at me," he said. "If that doesn't work out, I don't know right now. I'm probably going to wait until my season is over, I'm going to concentrate on that first."

He might be a little under the weather at the moment, but Jackson isn't showing it on the field. So far through three games, he has 29 carries for 475 yards and 7 scores, going for a whopping 16.4 yards per carry. This past weekend Walla Walla was the Bulldogs' latest victim, going down 55-20. "We are 3-0, everything is going great," Jackson said, in what might be the early understatement of the year.

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