A month ago after Long Beach Poly (Calif.) receiver Desean Jackson not only participated in three sports on the same day but dominated in each, Story from July 19, we said there was a good chance the SoCal native could be the best all around athlete in the country this year. Jackson strengthened his argument while participating in the prestigious Area Code Baseball games, the largest baseball showcase in the country, last week capping it off by earning MVP honors of the Nike all-star game on Saturday.
Jackson, the top wide out in the West region this year, is beginning to make a serious name for himself on the diamond as well. The athlete missed two earlier games during the five day event due to a summer school commitment but was the star of stars in the Nike all star game Saturday night.
Against some of the top pitchers in the country, Jackson went 3-for-4 with a triple, two singles, a walk and three stolen bases to lead his Blue/White team to a 10-1 spanking of the Red/Gray team.
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"Football is definitely my first love but I love baseball," Jackson said. "Right now, I'm keeping all my options open as far as college is concerned. I hear I'm projected to be a high round pick in baseball next year but I would really like to play football in college. I'll just have to play things by ear and see where I'm picked."
On the recruiting front, Jackson took an unofficial visit to LSU a few weeks back and loved it.
"I'm definitely going back for an official visit," Jackson said. "That place is amazing. The stadium is real nice, the coaches treated me great and I love the people I met out there. I heard it's one of the craziest places to watch a game in person because the crowd is so in to it so I'm hoping to take my visit sometime during the season.
"I really haven't narrowed my list down too much although USC and Cal are still my top two. I'm hoping to narrow my list in a few weeks and then start setting some trip dates early next month when things slow down a little bit for me."
Academically, Jackson is solid carrying a 3.0 GPA and also scored a 1280 on the SAT.