Defensive end Perry Jackson (6-2, 250, 4.66) from Roseville (Calif.) Sierra College was set to attend Nevada a few years ago, but didn't qualify. He went to Sierra College and began to take his education as seriously and important as he does football. Now Jackson is set to graduate in December, making him eligible for spring ball.
As a sophomore, Jackson accounted for 70 tackles, two sacks and on first fumble. His performance has drawn the attention of several D-I schools.
"Colorado State is close to offering me," Jackson said. "My recruiting coach (Larry Lewis) for Colorado State said I'm what they are looking for."
"Arizona coach Jeff Hammerschmidt has written me handwritten letters," Jackson said. "He told me that I am on their list of defensive ends."
"I went to Cal for their spring game," Jackson said. "I talked to (head coach) Jeff Tedford face to face and he said was excited and he's going to watch me this season."
"I have also talked to Chris Cinkovich, who is recruiting me for UNLV," Jackson said. "He said that UNLV is recruiting a defensive end and that he loves my body size. Coach Cinkovich hopes that I do well and get off to a fast start this fall so he can start recruiting me as early as possible."
"Kansas called my head coach at Sierra, Jeff Tisdale," Jackson said. "They told him they are recruiting a defensive end and that I'm on their list."
Jackson is working very hard in the offseason and has high goals for himself. In the weight room, he currently benches 355, he squats a hefty 560 and power cleans an impressive 315.
"I told Coach Tisdale that my goal this year is to be the number one defensive end in Northern California," Jackson said. "He said that I was already among the top three. Then he told me by the end of spring I should be the number one defensive end."
"That is the standard that I set for myself for my sophomore season."