Top Colorado Cornerback Considering Offers

The Wyoming fall football season is fast approaching, and with it comes the inevitable certainty of some of the coldest gridiron battles in the country. And while Laramie's blustery December whiteouts can have a disrupting effect on opposing teams' game plans, they could also scare away a few of the Pokes' more warm-blooded prospects.

"(Wyoming has) nice facilities, but it's a little cold up there," Colorado high school cornerback Tyler Jackson told Thursday. "I've got to be honest on that. I'm kind of leaning toward somewhere warm."

Cowboy fans shouldn't get too shaken up over the prospect's semi-joking comments, however; Jackson had plenty of nice things to say about Wyoming as well, quickly adding that Laramie is close to his home in Castle Rock, Colo. The senior-to-be said he's keeping his options open for the time but has been impressed with the Cowboys and their coaching staff over the years as he's attended camps and made visits to the equality state.

"I like it out there a lot," he said. "I'm definitely not ruling those guys out. They'll definitely be up there on the list of schools I'll check out."

That bodes well for Head Coach Joe Glenn and the rest of his staff, who would be fortunate to land the defensive back. Jackson is considered Colorado's top cornerback prospect by most analysts, and the Cowboys will face competition in their recruiting efforts from Kansas, Washington State, Air Force and Colorado State at the very least. All four have offered the 6-foot-1, 181-pound corner a scholarship, and with Northwestern, Stanford and Utah all currently showing plenty of interest in Jackson, more DI schools will likely follow suit.

A very intelligent player with excellent size, Wyoming sees Jackson more as a safety than a cornerback, and the senior said he thinks his size and leadership abilities would lend themselves well to the position. At 180 pounds, his strength is extremely impressive—Jackson bench presses 295 pounds, squats 575 and power cleans 320—numbers that likely prompted UW coaches to be confident in the big corner's ability to transition to safety.

Jackson attended the Wyoming team camp this summer, where Glenn immediately offered him a scholarship.

"I've been going up to that camp since my freshman year," he said. "They've got nice facilities, and their coaching staff's great. Joe Glenn, he'll make it big time. He's a real great coach."

But Glenn's reputation alone won't be enough to earn a commitment from Jackson, who says his future university's academics will factor significantly into his decision. And with a 3.87 GPA, he isn't likely to have any struggles in the classroom.

"I don't know what will happen after college for me. I mean, you always want to shoot for as far as you can go in football, but you got to keep it real and not be unrealistic. So I'm looking for a good school," he said. "Academically, I know Wyoming has a lot of resources out there, and they can get you almost any kind of major really." But, he added, "Northwestern's been talking to me a lot, and academically, that's probably the best school I've talked to."

Jackson earned all-conference and honorable mention all-state honors last year, racking up 17 pass break-ups and 50 tackles. He'll look to build on those numbers as he gets ready for his last year of prep competition.

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