might be the biggest rising star of the 2017 football class at an athletic 6 feet 5 inches and 260 pounds.
He plays left tackle on offense and defensive end on Phoenix North Canyon’s football team.
North Canyon players sometimes are obscured by the poor season records. But this kid can flat play and college coaches are taking notice.
So far Pac-12 schools Arizona State, Washington and Washington State have offered scholarships to the sophomore.
Jackson said that he has been talking to coaches from Duke, Oregon State and Arizona.
A great student with off-the-charts skills, Jackson said most of the recruiters like him on offense.
He said he will be participating in a May 10 Rivals camp in Los Angeles , where his recruiting is bound to take off even more.
“I’ll be doing O-line work there,” he said.
What does he look for in a college?
“The coaches, the campus, the players, the overall area and the success of the program,” he said.
He said it doesn’t matter how far he may have to go to play college football and has no preference geographically.
Right now, he is competing in track and field. His best put in the shot is 44 feet, and best in the discus is 137 feet this season.
He will still do spring football in May at North Canyon.
Not being on playoff teams at North Canyon hasn’t deterred him in his passion for football. He realizes college coaches will find him based on his abilities, not on how good the team does.
But he believes North Canyon will be back on the rise next season when it moves from Division I to III in football.
“We’ll be good,” he said.
Before Scottsdale Desert Mountain sophomore receiver/defensive back Brett Teller tore up his knee in preseason last summer, then-coach Tony Tabor was raving about the kid, believing he could be a big-time recruit at the school.
Teller, 5-11, 185, didn’t have a sophomore season, but he has been working hard on returning to football. He said he will participate in spring football, but he won’t be able to go 100 percent.
“I’m running routes and doing rehab twice a week,” said Teller, who had knee surgery last fall. “Only thing we are working on now is the pain, but I am planning on being involved in spring ball, just not 100 percent until passing league tournaments (in June) and summer workouts.
“I don’t want to come back too early and risk any injury.”
NAU Junior Day
Numerous Arizona players will partake in Northern Arizona’s Junior Day next Saturday. Included is Scottsdale Saguaro wide receiver Julian Carter, whose recruiting is expected to ramp up in May. Carter transferred from Phoenix Horizon at mid-year.
Carter said he probably will visit Montana some time this month or in May.