Jamaal Jackson: Talented Athlete Bucks the Deep Creek Trend

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  • Wide
    Receiver/Safety
  • 6-3, 204 pounds
  • Deep Creek High School (Chesapeake, VA)
  • Runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds
  • Senior Line: 9 receptions, 141 yards, three touchdowns
  • Two star prospect by Insiders.com and Rivals.com
  • Committed to UVa on October 21, 2003
  • Primary Recruiter: Bob Price

Every once in a while, college coaches will recruit a player with no idea what position the individual may end up
playing. For these types of players it does not usually matter, as natural ability assures them a spot on the field.

Jamaal Jackson is that type of player. In fact, Jackson was recruited and is listed by almost all recruiting services
as merely an "athlete." But being cast with the label of being an "athlete" does not seem to bother
the Virginia commitment.

"It is pretty neat that you could be recruited not even playing a position and not even having a definite
position. It is special for me to be recruited on just my athletic ability," said Jackson, who was the 10th verbal
commitment in the 2004 class when he made his decision in October.

While Jackson does not seem to care if he plays offense or defense, he earned a majority of his awards as a senior at
defensive back for Deep Creek High School in Chesapeake.

In fact, Jackson was named All-Tidewater and first team All-Southeastern Conference District as a defensive back.

Jackson’s defensive performances also carried over to his teammates. This season, Deep Creek pitched three shutouts
and only two of their 11 opponents scored more than 14 points. The strong defense sparked the team to a 7-4 record and a
playoff berth, but a rash of injuries and suspensions kept Deep Creek from playing up to their top-ranked preseason
status in Tidewater.

"We were picked to be the number one team in our area. A lot of people got hurt and people got kicked off the
team, so we did not perform up to our expectations,"

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