USC Nike camp update - Lawrence Jackson

Lawrence Jackson is a 6-6, 250-pound defensive end from Inglewood, California, and he was far and away the best defensive end at USC's Nike camp. Not only did he gut out the testing basically on one leg, but he took the offensive linemen to task on the one-on-ones. In short, he's the real deal.

He ran a 4.93 in the 40, 4.66 in the shuttle, jumped 28 inches in the vertical and did 26 reps on the bench, all while nursing a sore foot. You would have never known he was going less than one-hundred percent in the one-on-one drills however, as he blew by OL after OL, going 6-0 for the day. "Well, I gave what I had," Jackson told "Some people have off days. I had an off day. It should have been better. I was running and working on a broken toe, but if you guys come out and see me during the season I'll have a better performance. But individually, I went 6-0."

When he talks about good performances, he's not joking. Lawrence had 120 tackles, 20 sacks, 7 forced fumbles and 2 interceptions (one returned for a touchdown) last season for Inglewood, leading to all-state, all-CIF, and Division 10 Defensive player of the year honors. "And the list goes on," he said with a laugh.

Lawrence had a quick reply when asked about why his play at USC was so dominant. "I'm just too quick for them, but there's a lot of things I still need to work on," he said. "I've gotta stay lower, use my hands more and get more overall strength. And also get a few more moves to help me out."

While he can talk all day about football, there's one question that stops him dead in his tracks - college favorites. "It's early in the process and I have some favorites but I choose to keep those to myself, because I don't want to single anybody out right now," he said. "If you are recruiting me, I'll consider you." He's been hearing from schools on both coasts. "I've heard from all the schools," he said. "Pac-10, Big-12, Big-10, SEC, name it." Lawrence's older brother Keith signed with the Arizona Wildcats last year, but they are not a shoe-in to get Keith's brother. Top Stories