Cameron Jackson picked a heck of a time to corral the best catch of his young football career.
The Centennial (Corona, Calif.) senior wide receiver converted a 31-yard touchdown with a one-handed diving snag in the end zone that gave the Huskies the lead for good in a 42-36 win against Mater Dei (Santa Ana, Calif.) in the CIF Southern Section Pac-5 Division semifinals. Ranked No. 9 in the USA TODAY Sports Super 25 Expert Rankings, Centennial advances to play the nation’s No. 2 team, St. John Bosco (Bellflower, Calif.), in Saturday’s Pac-5 final.
Jackson finished with five catches for 87 yards and the score. On the season, he’s totaled 681 yards and eight TDs on 37 catches — none more impressive than the one he made to close out the first quarter against Mater Dei. There are several more angles of Jackson’s miracle in Santa Ana Stadium, so let’s enjoy one a few more (thousand) times.
Given the nature of his grab, it’s no surprise Jackson counts 2014 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year Odell Beckham Jr. among his favorite receivers. Jackson’s catch was surprisingly similar to the latest in ODB’s long list of ridiculous receptions. Here’s what Jackson had to tell Under the Radar Sports Media in the aftermath of his catch:
“My favorite NFL players right now are Tavon Austin of the St. Louis Rams and Odell Beckham Jr. of the New York Giants. Tavon Austin’s not that big; he’s sort of like me. He gets going. And then Odell Beckham, all the spectacular catches he’s been making — now I have one of those of my own against Mater Dei.”
Speaking of under the radar, the only surprise about Jackson now is that he’s currently unranked and under-recruited.