Rumors swirled all day that Van Nuys (Calif.) Birmingham defensive end Malik Jackson had switched his commitment from Fresno State to USC after officially visiting the Trojans this past weekend. We talked briefly with the family to see if Jackson indeed made the switch.
Jackson, 6-5, 225 pounds is one of the premier defensive lineman in the region. He was just named 1st team all-state by CalHiSports.com and could be the top defensive end prospect in the region this year.
Jackson gave an early commitment to Fresno State but visited USC this past weekend. Word leaked about a possible commitment to the Trojans but the family wants a few days to sort things out before going public with anything first.
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"Our phone has been blowing up with reporters asking about the commitment," Jackson's mother said. "Right now, we still have a lot to think about so we're going to hold off commenting on the trip or if he committed until later in the week.
"I hope everyone understands. There is a lot going on here and it's a pretty emotional time for us. We don't want to jump the gun on anything without really thinking everything over. Hopefully by Wednesday, we'll have things sorted out and then Malik can comment on where he's going to school but right now, it's just too soon and we're just not ready to say anything just yet."
We'll be sure to check back in with the family later in the week to see if Jackson indeed made the switch or if he decided to stick with the Bulldogs.