March 6, 2011

New commit Jackson happy to stay Home

The Houston (Texas) Eisenhower Eagles have become known for it's talented football players leaving the Aldine ISD school and heading off to play football in college. Year in and year out the talent rich program places some of the top players in the area in some of the top college programs across the state.

Despite a bit of a down year for the Eagles both on the field and on the recruiting front last year, they seem to be poised to at least regain their previous notoriety in the recruiting ranks this year. Three Eagle players are already on the radar in the 2012 class. Wide receiver E'lon Fusilier, safety Devonte Thomas and defensive end Gregory Jackson all have already gained the attention of college coaches, one of which has already made his college choice.

"Yes sir, I committed to them (Houston) while I was up there Saturday," said the 6-foot-4, 240 pound Jackson. "I feel really good about it. I like it there."

Jackson and teammate Thomas, who also holds an offer from the Cougars, were both on hand for the junior day Saturday morning before the Cougars opened spring workouts. He admits he was impressed by his first trip to the campus.

"Yea, it was my first time to be up there (at Houston's campus) and it was pretty nice," he said. I really liked it there and everything they showed us on the tour."

Jackson says the staff hasn't really discussed much with him how they would like to use him and he really doesn't have a preference right now.

"They haven't really talked to me yet about where I would play," said the talented defender. "I play defensive end right now and I have thought some about the outside linebacker spot, but I need to work on my speed more it that is where I end up. I think I could play linebacker too if that's where they wanted me. What ever can get me on the field and helping out the quickest is fine with me."

Jackson admitted that even though it is still early in the recruiting process for this class one thing stood out that let him know the Cougars were the right fit for him.

"Houston was one of the places I was looking at already really," he said. "The fact that it is close to home for me was the biggest thing, so I committed. I also like what they had to say about the education end of things as well. I think they can help me not only become a better football player but as a man too. I feel real good about the decision."

Jackson admitted that the large amount of players that come through Eisenhower and move onto college is an advantage for those players coming up through the system.

"It helps us a lot to have all of the players that come through ahead of us and go the the recruiting process," he said. "Not only do we get to see how they handle recruiting but they also teach us the way it goes there in the program."

Jackson is checking into attending at least one of Houston's summer camps and is also in the process of scheduling his ACT.

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