August 25, 2019

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Diamond In The Rough: Joshua Jackson

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Joshua Jackson, the explosive CB from Loyola College Prep in Shreveport, LA is taking the field for his final high school season in the Fall of 2019. The 3-star prospect plans to shut down wide receivers from all areas of Louisiana once more before wreaking havoc on college and university fields in the Fall of 2020. Having attended such camps as the 2018 Baylor Football Camp, 2018 Beast Texas Mega Football Camp, and the Rivals Speed Combine 2018, not to mention that he was also named 1st team all-district CB last year. Jackson was ranked a 7/10 in the three categories including weight, speed, and agility. He’s sounding like the perfect addition to a university roster, right? And his list of amazing attributes continues, he stands at 5’10, weighs 170 pounds, benches 205, squats 335, cleans 245, runs a 4.66 in the 40, and a 4.3 shuttle. Planning to major in civil engineering so that he build up and improve the less fortunate parts of his city, Jackson made it clear “[that] even though I go to a small private school, small schools have a lot of talent just like big 4, 5, and 6A schools. Me and my other teammates are trying to get the same opportunities that other schools are getting.” And he’s proving that every time he steps on the field.

When was your first-time playing football?

  • I remember I played football in the 4th grade and I really realized I like football when we had a championship game and they put me on offense, and this was the first time I ran the ball and I ran a touchdown. I love the way it felt

Why did you start playing football?

  • I wanted to try something new and I was wondering how it would feel. I mean I had a lot of speed and I was told that all I did was run, run, run a bunch around the house and my parents decided to put me in football again because I tried to play it when I was younger. I played flag football, but I didn’t enjoy it much.

Is there anyone that you model your playing style after or someone that you admire?

  • Jalen Mills, I feel like I play like him. Him and Jalen Ramsey, they’re really arrogant. Well Jalen Mills is more quiet than Jalen Ramsey, so I play quiet. I don’t talk trash or anything.

What is something that people don’t know about you?

  • The energy I bring in my household and how I funny I am around my parents and sometimes I get on their nerves, but it could be fun.

What have you learned from playing football? Have you learned anything about yourself?

  • I’ve learned as a student athlete you have to manage your time with your class work and film time outside of school and football practice. Football as a lot of responsibilities. I’ve learned through tough times your teammates will have your back always.

What’s your favorite thing about playing football?

  • The unity it brings I everyone. It shows you the men from the boys like who’s not so good and you see it. The adversity gives you the right mindset.

Where do you believe you have made the biggest impact on your team?

  • The energy all around, bringing the hype. Keeping everybody alive, active, and just being me

What would you say has been your greatest accomplishment as a player?

  • Being able to read the coverages, being able to back pedal really well open my hips, be able to stay with the receivers and give receivers problems on Friday nights.

What makes you different? Why should a college coach recruit you?

  • I am not the biggest or strongest on the team, but I make it up by being very physical with my opponent. challenging myself as a player and others always wanting to go up against the star player of each team. To better myself.