As a sophomore, Bijhon Jackson became a name to know around Arkansas. The 6-3, 325-pound defensive tackle from El Dorado was an imposing presence in the middle of the Wildcat defense, and word of his abilities spread across the state and region like wildfire.
College recruiters quickly made their presence known at El Dorado High School, and Arkansas gave Jackson his first scholarship offer. The news caught the defensive standout off guard.
"I was surprised because I was just a sophomore at the time," Jackson said. "I really wasn't expecting offers to come in as a sophomore."
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Since then the Razorbacks have been joined by Arkansas State and Ole Miss on Jackson's offer list, and the LSU Tigers have also shown considerable interest.
"When I went to the camp coach (Brick) Haley said they wanted to offer, but they wanted to see how I did during the season," Jackson said
It does not stop there with several more college programs sending mail to Jackson, who was recently named to the 2014 Rivals250 to Watch List.
"I get mail pretty much on a daily basis now," Jackson said. "Five or six letters a day from a lot of SEC schools - Tennessee, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Alabama, and a couple of others like Washington, Stanford, UCLA."
This fall he has only taken one unofficial visit, but he did like what he saw on his trip.
"I went to the Arkansas/Ole Miss about two weeks ago," Jackson said. "It was nice in Little Rock. I talked to all the coaches. It was really nice. The crowd was crazy. The fans, the atmosphere is crazy."
The crazy atmosphere definitely caught his attention of Jackson, who grew up a Razorback fan, and while he admits the Razorbacks are at the top of his early list, they are not the only one's who have caught his eye.
"I always wanted to go to Arkansas but I've always liked Ole Miss too," Jackson said.
He is also quick to point out that he will not rush to a decision.
"I plan on taking my time on a decision," Jackson said. "I want to make sure I go to the right place."
For now though, recruiting is on the back burner as Jackson and his El Dorado teammates are focused on another championship run. The Wildcats are 8-3 on the season and face Searcy in the second round of the 6A State Playoffs.
"Coach (Scott) Reed keeps a nice program going here," Jackson said. "It's great winning three championships in a row, and I got to be part of one of them. People around here expect us to win."