Long Beach Poly (Calif.) wide out Desean Jackson picked up his first two scholarship offers this past week, both from Pac 10 schools. The talented athlete is clearly one of the elite prospects in the West region.
Jackson, 5-11, 160 pounds is a Rivals100 and Student Sports pre-season Hot 100 selection and had a very nice junior season catching 43 balls for 821 yards and 11touchdowns. Jackson played along side USC bound Derrick Jones last season to form arguably the state's best receiving duo. Jones was the deep threat while Jackson was the smooth route runner who catches everything.
At the recent Nike combine at USC, Jackson showed he could be a deep threat as well clocking the days' fastest 40 time with a 4.38 time to go along with a 4.22 shuttle and a 34 inch vertical jump. When you combine his talent on the field with his impressive showing at the combine, it's no wonder his recruitment has picked up in the last few weeks.
"Arizona was the first to offer him early this week," an excited Bill Jackson, Desean's father said. "That was the first one and we framed it already. Then just yesterday, Cal offered him in writing as well, that's a big one and the school I would really like Desean to go but it's going to be his decision. Things have been crazy around here. The Tampa Bay Devil Rays came by to watch him play baseball last week and told me if Desean gives up football, he could be a 1st round pick in next year's baseball draft.
"Right now, we're just really excited about how well things are going for Desean. Two Pac 10 offers is great and I know it's just the beginning for him. He's really focusing hard on baseball right now but is still looking forward to that Nike camp in San Diego coming up in April too."
When we spoke with Jackson at the combine just two weeks ago, he listed his favorites as LSU, Florida State, USC, Oregon, Miami and Texas but it's probably safe to throw Cal and Arizona in to the mix as well.