One of the best wide receiver prospects from the Golden State this season is undoubtedly DeSean Jackson (5-11, 170, 4.38) from Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. He has been very busy lately proving he’s also one of the fastest receivers, too.
Jackson was a hit at USC’s skills camp this past Sunday. He beat his time of 4.38 that he clocked at the NIKE speed camp with a 4.35 at the USC camp this past Sunday.
“I didn’t get offered but Jeremy Childs and I did very well,” Jackson said. “We burned defensive backs all day long.”
“We were told to go with the group that would play against the first-team defense,” Jackson said. “After the day was over, it felt like two a days.”
“They lined up the fastest times from the wide receivers and defensive backs,” Jackson said. “I won the event.”
“I had a good time at the camp and I learned a few things,” Jackson said. “I learned a lot about USC’s coaching style.”
“They taught me how they run their offense,” Jackson said. “They taught me how to get in and out of defensive coverages and help the quarterback make good decisions.”
Jackson was recently at UCLA’s junior day and he enjoyed that event too.
“I enjoyed meeting (Head) Coach (Karl) Dorrell and (wide receiver) Coach (Dino) Babers,” Jackson said. “Coach Babers also taught me some things that I can take with me and help me in the season.”
“Florida State assistant coach John Lilly and Pittsburgh assistant coach Moses stopped by the Poly campus Monday (April 26, 2004) to talk to (Poly head coach) Coach (Raul) Lara,” Jackson said. “Coach told me that they are interested in me.”
Jackson had a sensational junior season that saw him selected pre-season Rivals.com All-American, first-team all-state underclass, first-team Long Beach Telegram Dream Team and first-team all-CIF after hauling in 43 passes for 850 yards and 11 touchdowns.
Baseball will also be in the cards for Jackson as he is one of the best two-sport stars in the state. He plays center field for the Jackrabbits and he has drawn the attention of major league scouts.
Jackson could very easily get drafted for his skills on the diamond in the spring of 2005.
What does Jackson want in a school?
“My first priority will be to get a good education,” Jackson said. “Then priority 1A would be for me to be able to play both football and basketball.”
“Third would be the coaching staff and the school’s tradition.”
Besides USC and UCLA, Jackson is getting a lot of love from schools from coast-to-coast. He has offers from Nebraska, Arizona, and Cal. Oregon, Texas and Florida State round out Jackson’s early top eight schools.