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Three-star makes pledge

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Three-star defensive end Malik Jackson (6-4, 220, 4.7) from Lake Balboa (Calif.) Birmingham has decided to make his commitment.
"Yes, Malik did verbally commit to Fresno State," Jodie Jackson, Malik dad said when asked to confirm his son's commitment to the Bulldogs.
The Bulldogs get a player who has been absolutely dominating as a senior. In six games, Jackson has 46 tackles, nine quarterback hurries, five sacks, one interception and one fumble recovery.
Jackson has a twin brother Marquis Jackson (6-4, 230, 4.9) who may also end up at Fresno State.
"It is a good fit for Malik and Fresno State," Lake Balboa coach Ed Croson said. "(Fresno State head coach) Pat Hill does a great job with players like the twins.
"By getting Malik, Marquis could also end up at Fresno State and that would be a good thing for them," Croson said. "They are both having a great season.
"Not only are they both fast, but they play fast."
Just because Jackson is committed doesn't mean other schools are going to stop recruiting Jackson.
"USC, Oregon and Arizona have been recruiting Malik," Croson said. "Things could get interesting if one of these teams offer him.
As a junior, Jackson earned first-team all-city, first-team all-area, and first-team all-league after accounting for 60 tackles, 15.5 sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and one interception in 2006.
Malik was also first-team All-American US Army combine last January.
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