July 6, 2010

Jackson's popularity on the rise

As quarterbacks nationwide start to make their commitments to play college football, Cedar Hill (Tex.) signalcaller Driphus Jackson is becoming steadily more popular amongst college recruiters. The 6-foot, 195-pound Jackson is up to double-digit numbers in offers and has put together his top-four.

Jackson holds scholarship offers from Boise State, Colorado State, Minnesota, Navy, New Mexico, Rice, Tulsa, UTEP, Western Kentucky and Stoney Point. Big 12 members Iowa State and Baylor are also talking to him regularly, thought they haven't come through with an offer.

At this point, Jackson plans to take official visits to Boise State, Minnesota, UTEP, Baylor and New Mexico, saying they are the furthest schools to get to, so an official visit is warranted. He will drive to unofficial visits in other communities. His top four consist of Boise, Iowa State, Minnesota and Baylor.

The Colorado State Rams have offered, but haven't gotten in touch with Jackson since sending a scholarship offer letter. Still, Jackson said they have a chance at his services.

"They have a shot," Jackson said. "I don't know much about the program. I have never spoken to a coach from Colorado State. They offered me, but I have never been in contact with their coaches. The most I know about them is they are in the Mountain West Conference."

Last year Jackson led Cedar Hill High School to a 12-1 record and was named All-District for his efforts. As a senior, Jackson completed 49 percent of his passes for 1,506 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also ran for 338 yards. In his sophomore year, he passed for 1,350 yards and accumulated another 789 on the ground.

"I am athletic. I think I run a lot better than I throw, so I am a bit of a duel threat, but I think I am a better runner," Jackson said.

Jackson claims a 4.6 time in the 40-yard dash, a 410-pound squat and a 32-inch vertical leap. Jackson's numbers in the classroom are just as impressive as he has posted a 3.73 grade-point average and a 19 on the ACT, which he said he will take again. Jackson was quick to point out schools making overtures based on academics will have a better shot at his services than those just about the pigskin.

"I am big on my grades and want a career outside of football," Jackson said. "I want to work for getting a degree in International Business. I want to start my own business or do some marketing for a big company. I am all about being in the corner office working for someone and having fun."

While grades are big to Jackson, he said he has some very certain ideas about what he is looking for in a football program too. Specifically, he is looking for a pro-style offense and a winning program. If a program can show him he will get a shot to play early, it is another feather in their cap.

"I have options to go to about 9-10 schools, so I'll just pick and choose who has a high winning percentage, how many freshman get good starter minutes in their freshman season and how I like the coaches," Jackson said.

"I think I'll make my decision sometime soon - maybe around late Sept. or early Oct.," Jackson said "Or I might just make it after the second game of the season."

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