Arizona's top football recruit, Austin Jackson, accepts invite to Army All-American Bowl

Arizona's top football recruit, Austin Jackson, accepts invite to Army All-American Bowl

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Arizona's top football recruit, Austin Jackson, accepts invite to Army All-American Bowl

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Phoenix North Canyon star Austin Jackson will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next January. (Photo: Tom Tingle/azcentral sports)

Phoenix North Canyon star Austin Jackson will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl next January. (Photo: Tom Tingle/azcentral sports)

Phoenix North Canyon offensive tackle Austin Jackson, ranked as the No. 1 player in Arizona by the 247Sports Composite, has accepted an invitation to play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio next January.

Jackson, 6-foot-5, 260 pounds, who has 23 major college offers, is a three-sport athlete who also plays basketball and competes in track and field. He made azcentral sports’ All-Arizona football team his junior season.

Jackson, ranked as the No. 4 offensive tackle in the nation by 247, is hoping to help new coach Jose Lucero turn the program around. North Canyon went a combined 1-19 the last two seasons. North Canyon has not won more than two games in a season since Jackson has been in high school.

Lucero said that Jackson has had a great attitude since arriving to North Canyon.

“I am extremely excited for Austin and his opportunity to play in the U.S. Army All-America game,” Lucero said. “About a month ago, the people from the U.S. Army game came out and spent some time with Austin and I, and broke down everything he will do that week. It seems like an amazing opportunity.

“Austin has been tremendous since the moment I stepped on campus. He is an extremely respectful young man, who, despite his accolades, is very humble. Our football program, school, and community are very proud to call Austin one of our own.”

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