Jackson Is One To watch For 2013

Jackson Is One To watch For 2013

Mount Ulla (NC) athlete Desmond Jackson has started to garner attention even though he is only getting ready to head into his sophomore season, but this speedster is a top prospect in the 2013 class in North Carolina. Jackson had an impressive freshman season in 2009, and his film shows an explosive athlete. Bill Greene has the latest on Jackson.

Desmond Jackson, Mount Ulla (NC), was extremely impressive as a freshman starter in 2009, and already has stamped himself as a player to keep an eye on for 2013.

Jackson, 5-foot-9, 165-pounds, shows an explosive burst, and is a versatile athlete, one who has a high ceiling for someone so young.

"I did really well last year, I think," Jackson said of his freshman season. "I think my strengths are the ability to catch the football on offense, and my open-field tackling and coverage ability on defense. I also have really good speed, and that helps me on both sides of the ball."

"I think I can get even faster, and I work on my speed all the time," he stated. "I obviously need to get bigger and stronger, and I spend a lot of time in the weight room."

Although he still has three years of high school remaining, Jackson is already looking ahead to playing college football.

"I do real well in the classroom, and I know how important that is," he said. "I'm not sure what I want to study in college, but I know I want to play football and get a college degree."

Jackson has already started to draw attention from college recruiters, and he's started to look at schools to camp at.

"Kentucky was the first school to actually contact my coach, and that was great," he explained. "I received a hand-written letter from Florida, inviting me to their camp, and I'm pretty sure I'm going to go. I also like Ohio State a lot, and I'm very interested in them, because they're a school I watch a lot on television."

"I've already visited two schools, Wake Forest and East Carolina," he continued. "I liked both schools a lot, and I'm hoping to be able to take some unofficial visits this summer."

As a freshman, Jackson rushed for 348 yards and five touchdowns, while racking up 568 receiving yards and catching 13 touchdown passes.

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