For those who took in Los Angeles City Section Champion Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham last year then you were undoubtedly impressed by twin brothers and bookend defensive ends Malik Jackson (6-4, 220, 4.7) and his twin brother Marquis Jackson (6-4, 230, 4.9).
This story will be on Malik and we will cover Marquis tomorrow.
Malik Jackson earned first-team all-city, first-team all-area, first-team all-league and first-team All-American US Army combine.
Jackson has offers from Nevada and UNLV while the whole Pac 10 except Stanford have expressed recruiting interest in him.
Other schools that are showing recruiting interest in Jackson are Colorado, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Michigan, Florida, LSU, Utah, New Mexico and San Jose State.
"I went to the Arizona State camp a couple of weeks ago," Jackson said. "I liked it a lot and it was a lot of fun.
"I learned a lot of new stuff that I will be able to use as a senior," Jackson said. "I will be able to use a hand technique that will help me get pass a blocker and get more sacks."
That sound you hear is Birmingham opposing offensive coordinator heading for medicine cabinet to take some Excedrin.
Jackson had 15.5 sacks as a junior to go with his 60 tackles, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception from his defensive end spot.
Does Jackson have a list of favorite schools in the early going?
"My favorite schools early are UNLV, Nevada, Oregon, Arizona State, Cal, Florida and Michigan," Jackson said. "But I'm pretty open.
"I'm looking for a college where I can have some fun and have a good college experience," Jackson said. "Also I want to get a good education to fall back on if football doesn't work out.
"Location won't be a big deal as long as I have fun and the learning opportunities are there."
The scouting report on Jackson is he plays with a lot of enthusiasm and emotion. He is very tough to block and can't be blocked by one opponent. He also has outstanding quickness and toughness.
Jackson also has a great frame that will allow him to gain weight once he gets involved in a D-I strength and conditioning program.