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Janzen Jackson

The stars were all over the field at every position at the LSU football camp last week, and one of the biggest names there was LSU cornerback commitment Janzen Jackson from Lake Charles, Louisiana.

Jackson was one of the very first members of the 2009 LSU class after committing to the Tigers at junior day in February. However, that early commitment has not stopped a few other teams from continuing to recruit him.


“Texas and Alabama are still recruiting me,” Jackson said. “They are trying to get me to go visit their schools and weigh my options. Texas A&M offered me a few weeks ago, but really those are the only two schools still trying to recruit me.”

Jackson has remained relatively quiet this summer, choosing only to attend camps at LSU and Alabama.


“The LSU camp was great,” he said. “There were a lot of kids out there, I think around 600. There was a lot of competition and it was a lot of fun. I think I did really well and covered all the receivers well. I thought the best receiver out there was Morris Claiborne from Fair Park. I thought Trey Wilson from Evangel was pretty good too.”


“I also went to the Alabama camp,” Jackson continued. “I thought that was a great camp too. It was setup basically the same as LSU’s was.”


Many Tiger fans were worried when news came from the camp that Jackson injured his shoulder. However, the state’s top cornerback prospect says the injury is nothing to worry about.


“It's not a broken collarbone like people have been saying,” he said. “I just tore some of the ligaments in my shoulder that hold the collarbone down. My doctor said I will only miss a week or two of workouts.”


The short recovery time came as a big relief to Jackson as the injury should not cause him to miss any of his senior season, where he looks to improve on the 53 tackles and five interceptions he recorder as a junior.


“We start practice next Thursday,” said Jackson, who transferred from Carencro High School to Barbe High School for his senior year. “We are going to be really good. We are very fast on both sides of the ball and running the west coast offense. I’m going to be playing both ways: free safety on defense and wide receiver on offense. I’ll also be returning punts and kicks.”


Noticeably absent from the many different positions Jackson plans on playing next year is cornerback, the position he is being recruited to play at LSU.


“I’ve actually never played cornerback in a game,” Jackson said. “I’ve always played safety. I think cornerback is my calling though. I love playing cornerback.”


Jackson says the LSU coaches agree that cornerback is likely his future position.


“I talk to the coaches at least once a week,” said the 4-star prospect. “Coach Peveto tells me they’re going to use me at nickel early on so I can see the field earlier. Then later they will move me to either safety or corner. I think they’re leaning towards corner though.”


Along with talking to the LSU coaches on a regular basis, Jackson also spends time talking to other LSU recruits.


“I talked to Mike Brockers last week at the camp a lot,” said the nation’s 12th ranked cornerback. “We were actually on the same Tigerball team, and we won the championship. I also talk with Russell Shepard, Michael Ford, Dexter Pratt, Chris Davenport, and Chris Faulk. And I met Craig Loston at the camp, but I didn’t really talk to him much.”


As of this point Jackson is only planning on making one visit this fall.


“I’m going to visit LSU, probably for the Georgia game,” he said. “So I’ll just take my official visit to LSU for the Georgia game and that will be it.”


Jackson also reiterated once again why he chose the Tigers.


“They’re close to home, have the best facilities, and are one of the best schools in the nation,” he said. “I’m all for LSU.”


Note: Jackson said he recorded the following measurements at the LSU camp:

Height: 6-0

Weight: 180

40 time: 4.41

Shuttle: 4.15

Vertical: 41”

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