May 31, 2011

Jackson Talks About Commitment

With the spring evaluation period drawing to a close for college coaches across the country and many changes have likely been made in the direction of college programs everywhere.

The Houston Cougars coaching staff has been busy visiting schools across the state and even a few outside the borders of the lone star state. Many new offers have gone out and coaches are pushing full steam ahead on players they have seen in action over the last six weeks.

One player that appeared on the Cougars radar this spring is Angleton athlete Ryan Jackson. The Cougars liked what they saw and put an offer on the table. It was his first and one he was glad to formally accept.

"I committed to them (Houston) over the weekend, said the 5-foot-11, 180 pound athlete. "They are a really good school to me and they are close to home. I've been looking at the program some the last few days and they have got some players that I would like to play with."

One player in particular is on Jackson's mind as the 4A battles between Angleton and Pearland Dawson have been legendary over the last few years.

"Darian Lazard," said Jackson of the former rival. "He is really good, we used to go at it when he was at Dawson. I think it would be cool to get to play with him and some others too."

Although Houston was his first offer Jackson has seen the interest increase as coaches have made their way through the talent rich school south of Houston.

Well, of course I have been talking to Houston a lot and Coach Levine," he said Tuesday night. "I have also been hearing a lot from Missouri, Arizona, UTEP, Utah, Baylor and some other schools too."

Jackson recently got to take in some of the Houston facilities recently when he participated in the Nike Camp that was held on the Cougars' practice fields. He worked out with the running backs and liked what he got to learn there.

"There were some of the things that were new to me at first and I couldn't do real well," said the speedy ball carrier. "A few of the things it took me a few reps to get down but I'm glad I got to do it and to work on getting better."

Angleton is under a new head coach this year and the transition has already become evident to Jackson and his teammates.

"We had a really good spring," he said. "A lot of players got better at a lot of things. We already feel better. We feel like we are going to prepare ourselves more. Everything is brand new to us."

Despite effectively playing both ways last year, it seems as though the new regime at Angleton would prefer to have one of their best athletes focus on only one for now.

"Last year I played running back and linebacker," said the versatile Jackson. "I think this year I am just going to be playing offense. With the new head coach that is pretty much where they had me in the spring, just on offense."

Jackson plans to camp at Houston's second mini camp, which will be on Sunday June 12, as well as a few other camps in the area. He was selected to the first team all-district team for 23-4A last season as a running back. He rushed for a little over 1,300 yards and 12 touchdowns while splitting carries with Texas bound Quandre Diggs.

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