Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham will have a loaded roster next year and could have at least five players sign with Div I colleges next February. One such player will be defensive lineman Malik Jackson.
Jackson, 6-4, 220 pounds is one of the stateâ€™s top rush ends and knows how to get to the quarterback. As a junior, Jackson earned 1st team all-league, all-area and all-city honors after totaling 54 tackles and 13 sacks.
Jackson also impressed at the Army All-American game combine earning 1st team all-combine honors and is poised for a huge senior season.
â€œMalik is a heck of a player,â€ Birmingham coach Ed Croson said. â€œHeâ€™s very good coming off the edge and uses his hands well. He has a nice frame and once he fills out and gets a lot stronger, heâ€™s going to be a very fine college player.â€
On the recruiting front, Jackson is still waiting for his first offer but is hearing from schools all over the region.
â€œIâ€™m hearing from UCLA, Cal, Oregon, Arizona State, Arizona, Washington, Nebraska, Connecticut and a few others,â€ Jackson said. â€œIâ€™m in no hurry to decide right now so Iâ€™m not worried that no one has offered.
â€œIâ€™m planning to go through the recruiting process, take some trips and then Iâ€™ll commit later in the year. Right now, my top schools are Oregon, UCLA, Arizona, Cal and Washington. Iâ€™m looking for the school that has the best combination of academics and athletics. I want to major in Broadcasting so that will play a role as well.â€