Jackson makes most of his opportunity

El Camino has talent up and down their roster, but the leader of their explosive offense is QB Boo Jackson (6-1, 197) and after a solid spring under center he's ready to make his mark on the Mission Conference as well as all of the Warriors' opponents. JCFootball.com spoke to the athletic signal-caller and he talked about recruiting and what has brought him this far as a quarterback.

"I've been working really hard on my footwork and getting into our offense and just refining what I do in my drops and reading defenses," Jackson told JCFootball.com recently. "I've been working with my receivers every day running our plays, getting our timing down and just getting work together. It makes it easy when we have such talented playmakers all over the place."

Some of those talented playmakers include arguably the nation's top JC wideout Corey Surrency and Verran Tucker who is already committed to the University of California.

It's been a bit of a journey for Jackson to become the signal caller of the El Camino offense.

"I played safety in high school so I greyshirted my first year here (2005) because Nate Ness was here and it was pretty tough to break in with him in front of me," Jackson said of Elco's standout safety. "Then last year I was behind Lyle (Moeva) but he left early to go play at Oregon State and so it was me and Tommy (Kendrick).

"He started all the way up until the Mt. San Antonio game. He got injured in the game and I had to come in. We were down like 21-7 and when I came in we scored like four straight touchdowns and we almost won that game, but we lost in overtime.

"That was really when the coaches got to see what I could do and they liked my mobility and how I could be a dual-threat quarterback, but we're mainly a drop-back, pro-style offense so you won't see me running as much as I would in a different type of an offense."

Jackson didn't play in the first three games, but still managed to put up impressive numbers completing nearly 60% of his passes for 2,385 yards with 18 touchdowns and only four interceptions.

"I can hurt you throwing it or running it, but I like being a drop-back passer," Jackson said. "Whatever helps us win is what I'll do, but with our playmakers, why not just get it to them and let them do what they do?"

On the recruiting front, Jackson's just now starting to show up on some programs' radars and a solid performance at the JCFootball.com SoCal combine helped a lot.

"There were some really good DBs out there and of course Corey was dominant out there," Jackson said. "The coaches all said that I did well and that I put the ball where it needed to be – so that was pretty cool."

Jackson also tested well, posting a 4.55 forty time, a 32-inch vertical and he did eight reps of 185 pounds as well.

Although he doesn't have any offers at this point, he's still got a lot of the top programs in the country interested in what he can do.

"LSU, Oklahoma, Oregon, Boise State, Hawaii, North Carolina and Kansas have all been contacting me a lot," Jackson said. "With the attention of our other players, that has made it pretty easy for schools to see me as well and they all said they want to see me do what I can do again this fall.

"I have no problem showing teams what I can do and letting them decide if they want me or not. I'm okay with being patient and letting schools see what I can really do."

Jackson is hoping to make a trip out to LSU this summer with Surrency and another teammate, Justin Thompson.

"That's the plan," Jackson said. "If I don't make it out in the summer, then I will definitely make it out during the season – probably on our bye week (10/6)."

Jackson expects to graduate in December with three years to play two when he arrives on campus.

We'll have more from this talented signal-caller as the season gets underway.

Boo Jackson Scout Profile

JC Football Top Stories