Jackson will redshirt this season

College of the Canyons DE Marquis Jackson (6-4, 235) is one of the nation's premier JUCO football prospects, but he's made a big decision about his football future and we're not referring to his commitment to the UCLA Bruins.

On Sunday night, Jackson confirmed to JCFootball.com that he has decided to redshirt this season so that when he arrives at UCLA he will have three years to play three.

"I actually brought the whole idea of me redshirting up to them," Jackson told JCFootball.com. "I told them I wanted to get there with three years of eligibility and they said they were behind me.

"Canyons was a great experience, but this was something I had to do for myself, so I'll sit out this season and I'll run and lift and work out and concentrate on school and I'll get to as many home (UCLA) games as I can.

"It'll be kind of strange not playing, because this is the first fall I will not be on a team since I was a little kid. I'll be a regular person going to games and stuff, but it's exciting to me because I now can play three years of ball for them."

As a freshman last fall, Jackson was outstanding off the edge for the Cougars posting 60 tackles, 10.5 sacks and 18.5 tackles-for-loss while earning All-Conference, All-State and State Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was set to be named to the JCGridwire Preseason All-American team this season as well, but because of his redshirt status he is no longer eligible.

"I'm a run-stopper in my opinion," Jackson told JCFootball.com the first time we spoke with him back in April. "I can get after the quarterback, but I feel I'm better at holding the edge and playing the run strong. I sorta feed off of that and just let my sacks come.

"They played me at both end spots last year. I feel better on the strongside because I like being over the tight end, but I can play both."

Besides his offer from the Bruins, Jackson also had offers from Arizona, Kentucky, LSU, Minnesota, Oregon and Washington among others.

Jackson is already enrolled at LA Southwest College which is very close to where his family lives and is taking the classes necessary to be able to sign in December. He will enroll at UCLA in January and be able to take part in spring football drills that begin in late March.

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