May 16, 2010

Jackson up to four offers

Matt L. Stephens
Senior Analyst

Making the grades and a respect for family, those are the values Cedar Hill (Texas) quarterback Driphus Jackson applies to his life off the field. On it, he's all about leading the Longhorns to decisive victories.

In 2009, Jackson helped lead the Cedar Hill Longhorns to an undefeated regular season, before losing to eventual state champion Abilene in the Texas 5A playoffs quarterfinals. Jackson finished the season with 338 yards and three scores on the ground and 1,506 yards and 15 touchdowns through the air.

His versatility has drawn the attention from several schools, including offers from Colorado State, Minnesota, Rice and Tulsa, the most recent coming from the Golden Gophers last week.

"I've seen Minnesota play a few times and I know about their facilities," Jackson said. "They had a really good player come out this year who got drafted, that wide receiver, Eric Decker. I also know they made a bowl game last year and the year before that when they lost to Kansas. - I'm pretty familiar with them."

With four offers on the table, the biggest surprise came from the Colorado State Rams, who Jackson said he had not been in any form of contact with.

"I hadn't really talked to any of the coaches from Colorado State, so that offer came as kind of a surprise to me," he said.

Two other schools currently giving the dual-threat quarterback quality attention are Boise State and Baylor. Jackson says the Broncos are in a good location for him as he would like to go to school at a place where there aren't an overwhelming amount of legal temptations.

"I don't want to play somewhere that's located in a troubled area," he said. "That's what I like about Boise, it's a football town. There aren't a lot of troubles you can get in at Boise. That's my whole thing, I don't want to go somewhere with a lot of troubles and temptations because I don't want to bring a bad name to my family or make the program I'm playing for look bad."

On top of a friendly environment to spend the next four-to-five years of his life, Jackson is very dedicated to his school work, reporting a GPA of 3.73. He says he wants an education to fall back on in case football as a professional career doesn't work out.

Though he wants to be a sports agent someday, law school isn't something Jackson is prone to attend following his undergraduate studies, so his current state of mind is that he wants to major in business.


"I've always wanted to be one of those people who sit in the big office and make the big deals," said the Dallas-Fort Worth area product. "I want to do something where I can dress up every day and sit in the office and give presentations for a big company and be a big deal."

With no time line on the table to make his decision, Jackson did say he plans on taking all five of his allowed official visits in the fall.

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