Jackson shows his versatility

Janzen Jackson

Janzen Jackson became one of LSU's first commitments for the 2009 class at junior day back in February. TigerSportsDigest.com caught up with Jackson earlier this week to find out how his senior season is going, as well as the latest happenings with his recruitment.

A former Carencro Bear standout, Jackson transferred to Barbe High School for his senior season. The talented prospect has been doing it all for the Buccaneers and has helped turn them into one of the top teams in the state.


“Our season is going great,” Jackson said. “We are 5-0 and have Acadiana this week. They are the top team in the state so this is going to be a big test for our team. If we can get past them I think the rest of the season looks pretty good.”


Jackson (6-1, 185, 4.44) is Scout.com’s 12th ranked cornerback in the country. He has picked off a couple of passes and forced a fumble while seeing time at safety and corner for the Bucs, but he’s also seen a little time on offense.


I’ve been playing and scoring a lot on offense,” he continued. “I’m playing a lot of everything. They’re finding ways to get me the ball. I play wide receiver and they throw it deep or throw me a screen. I play running back and they throw me swing passes.”

With the success he is enjoying at multiple positions this year, is Jackson possibly thinking about trying to play on both sides of the ball in college?


“I wouldn’t mind trying offense in college, but I’m a defensive guy and like to hit people,” he said. “I definitely want to return kicks though. I like punts because you get to stretch the field and make that cut and just take it from there.”


With the type of season he is having on the field it’s no surprise that Jackson is still being heavily pursued by other schools despite his early commitment to LSU.


“I’m not going to lie, Alabama is recruiting me pretty hard,” he admitted. “They call me every week. They are supposed to come watch me play but I don’t know if they’ll be able to. I still have a little interest in them, but not more than LSU.”


So is Jackson solid with his pledge to the Tigers?


“Yea,” he said. “I’m set on LSU.”


While the Crimson Tide are attempting to make a run at one of Louisiana’s top prospects, the Tigers are doing their best to keep the wall up they currently have around the state.


“I talk to LSU every week too,” said Jackson. “It’s kind of like a little war between them and Alabama. I talk with coach Miles every once in a while, but mostly I talk with the defensive coaches. Coach Peveto is my boy, and I love him to death.


“He (Peveto) came to watch my game against Washington Marion,” added Jackson. “He’s been talking to me about the nickel position and says I have a chance to start early there. Both schools want me to start there, but LSU wants me to move to corner and Alabama to safety.”


Jackson has been keeping a close eye on the Tigers so far this season, and overall he is pretty pleased with what he’s seen, with a few exceptions.


“I’ve been watching just about every game,” he said. “They’ve been doing pretty good besides that last game against Florida. On defense, I think they’re kind of thin at some positions. They are playing young people at the defensive back positions. I think they are going to win out. I think they’ll beat Georgia and pull the upset on Alabama.”


A win over the Bulldogs and Crimson Tide would be a real thrill for Jackson as he plans on being in Tiger Stadium for both of those games. He plans on taking his official visit after his season has wrapped up.


Note: Jackson claims a 3.5 GPA and 18 on his ACT. He plans to play in the UnderArmour All American Game in January.

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