Jackson Block has received scholarship offers from Northern Colorado, CSU-Pueblo, Western State and Adams State so far. And after attending camps at Colorado State and Wyoming earlier this summer, the 6-foot-4, 225-pound defensive standout from Littleton (Colo.) Columbine is drawing serious interest from the Rams and Cowboys.
“CSU and Wyoming are my top schools right now. They have been recruiting me really hard,” said Block. “I want to stay in-state, or stay close. My mother has stage-four breast cancer and she is starting chemo[therapy] right now so I would like to stay as close as possible so that she can come watch me play.”
A close proximity to his home in Littleton is not the only reason Block is highly interested in Colorado State and Wyoming.
“I like [Rams defensive coordinator and linebackers] coach [Marty] English a lot. He just texts me and asks how my mom is doing, asks how I am doing, how school is going. It is not just football with him,” he said. “And I just like it up there in Fort Collins. I feel like they are building something. They are already a good football team but I feel like they are going to be one of the top teams in the Mountain West.
“And with Wyoming, I really like their coaching staff, too. There is something about Laramie I like. They are really serious about their football and their academics, for sure. They said, 'If you want to come to school and party and do all that stuff that college kids do, this isn't the place for you.' And that is something I am looking for. I am looking to go and lift weights, play football and study.”
Colorado State is looking at Block as a potential Buck linebacker in their scheme, while Wyoming is looking at him as a hybrid rush end. He has spent time playing both linebacker and defensive end during his prep career with the Rebels, who will open the 2016 season at Palm Bay in Melbourne, Fla., on Aug. 26.
The scouting report on Block is that he has a good first step, he is versatile and athletic, and he plays with a high motor.
“College coaches have said when they watch my film, they can't tell if we're up by 20 [points] or down by 20. I play hard all the time,” Block said. “That is just kind of how we're taught to play at Columbine.”