May 8, 2010

2013 star already blowing up

Football recruits have become more and more savvy with the process each year and while people are focused on the class of 2011 there are younger players that are already starting to make names for themselves. Class of 2013 athlete Desmond Jackson is one of those aforementioned players as the 5-foot-9, 160 pound athlete starts to gain more and more interest.

Just recently Jackson has heard from the likes of Clemson, Auburn, LSU, Nebraska, Colorado, Florida State, Tennessee and Arizona just to name a few schools. And the camp offers are starting to pour in as well for the Mount Ulla (N.C.) fast rising star.

"I just got a hand written letter from Florida inviting me down to their camp," Jackson said. "My parents want me to go down there so they can take a look at me.

One school that has not shown that much interest to date is Ohio State but the Buckeyes would be a big feather in the cap for Jackson if they were to come calling. For Jackson it wouldn't just come across as a sense of accomplishment with the offer because the interest in Ohio State is legitimate and deep rooted.

"I grew up liking Ohio State," Jackson said. "It is not that far, well a little far, but not that far from where I live. I could see myself playing for the Buckeyes and my parents like the schools plus I like the family atmosphere there."

Jackson admitted that he hopes to get some more publicity around the Ohio State program and force the coaches to take notice of what he is capable of doing. Ohio State has not really hit the state of North Carolina hard with any regularity but the staff does find the hot talent regardless of where they live.

To this point Jackson has not made a trip up to Columbus to check things out but has done his homework and knows a great deal about the program and about Ohio State. Jackson has made it a routine to catch as many Ohio State games on television as he can and looks forward to having a chance in the future to see a game in person at the 'Shoe. currently has Jackson listed as an athlete with Jackson rushing for 348 yards and five touchdowns to go along with 568 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns. Where does Jackson see himself projecting at the next level when his number is called in the recruiting class of 2013?

"I think in college I will more than likely be playing at the receiver position," Jackson said. "Right now I am only 5-foot-9 and my coach thought about starting me at receiver for varsity but he had a good look at me at the drills and he wants me to play running back. I am trying to get bigger and stronger. I could see myself playing the slot receiver position in college though."

It will be what seems like an eternity for Jackson before he will ever set foot on the field as a collegian but his name is one to keep an eye on in the coming months and years.

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