KELLER, Texas - With a slew of state titles, it's no surprise that Southlake (Texas) Carroll continues to push out Division I prospects on a yearly basis. Two, Riley Dodge and Tre Newton, have already made their commitment. But at this past weekend's NIKE Combine in Keller, Texas, it was obvious there should be more on the radar.
The 6-foot-4, 275-pound Jake Jackson made the short drive from Southlake over to Keller for the NIKE event. Jackson, being recruited as an offensive guard, is getting plenty of college interest with mail and text messages early on in the process.
"Oklahoma, LSU, Duke, Baylor, Oklahoma State, Washington State, Kansas and some others are sending me stuff," Jackson said. "I'd have to say I like OU, LSU, Duke, and Baylor right now.
"OU, I just like the atmosphere. LSU has great facilities. I felt really comfortable when I visited Duke and my whole family has been around Baylor since I was growing up."
Jackson has been to LSU, Duke, and Oklahoma for unofficial visits. He plans to check out Rice and Oklahoma State next.
With his performance on the offensive line for Carroll in a fast-paced offense, he says that he prides himself on good passing blocking.
"I'm real good at getting out in pass coverage and taking on blitzing linebackers," Jackson said. "I'm normally a pulling guard too. I've got quick feet and I move up field well on blocks."
Jackson says that since coach Todd Dodge left Carroll to take the head coach position at North Texas, things actually haven't changed much. He says that new coach Hal Wasson is like a mirror image.
"They're almost the same," Jackson said about Dodge and Wasson. "They preach the same things and coach with the same passion and intensity."