Jackson, 20, was ranked by Baseball America as the second-best overall athlete among all available college players in the 2009 draft class. The six-foot-two, 210-pounder was named to the All-Pac 10 team after a stellar junior season during which he batted .321 (70-for-218) with 42 runs scored, 17 doubles, six triples, eight home runs and 41 RBI in 53 games for the Bears. Jackson, who bats left-handed and throws right-handed, was named a 2009 first-team preseason All-American by Baseball America and was on the Golden Spikes Award Watch List.
In 2009, Jackson began the campaign with a career-high 18-game hitting streak, batting .408 with eight doubles, a triple, four home runs and 14 RBI during the tear. He turned in a career-best effort May 12 vs. Sacramento State when he went 4-for-6 with a grand slam, three-run triple and RBI single to tally a career-high eight RBI. Overall last season, the centerfielder's 17 doubles tied for sixth in the Pac-10, his six triples ranked second his 123 total bases ranked seventh in the Pac-10 and his 70 hits ranked eighth.
In three seasons at the University of California Berkeley, Jackson batted .303 (146-for-481) with 91 runs scored, 25 doubles, 11 triples, 12 home runs and 85 RBI in 152 games. He is a 2005 graduate of Miramonte High School in Orinda, California.
Jackson was recommended by area scout John Bartsch.
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