Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Jackson fights off new scenery and injuries to keep name out there

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It's been an interesting journey for Los Angeles section quarterback Eban Jackson II.

It all began with moving from state powerhouse Long Beach Poly in January 2013 and transferring to another L.A area power: Narbonne of Harbor City. Then, Jackson broke a bone in his non-throwing hand and ended up missing the early part of his senior year.

However, since then, Jackson has inserted himself back into the Gauchos' starting lineup and is showing off his skill set.

When on the field, Jackson is actually one of the best deep ball throwers in the Southern California region. He did show off his strong arm at two tournaments through Passing Down and earned all-tournament honors in the Best of the West Finals.

He's also shown to be a mobile runner. Jackson can hide his fakes well then break off the long 20-yard scramble with his mobility.

The main thing that strikes me the most about Jackson, though, is his ability to be mistake free. He's shown to be accurate with his throws and has completed 61.8 percent of his throws. He's only lost one fumble and he hasn't been picked off yet.

One thing I'll be curious to see is his composure in the pocket and if that improves. I did see him bail out quick and make numerous throws out of the pocket. Most of his throws were also in long range, so I also have to see if he can be consistent with his short throws.

In the end, though, Jackson is actually one of the under-the-radar prospects in the always talent-rich L.A area. Maybe he sneaks in a few late offers by staying healthy and as accurate as possible. Schools who love the long ball could probably take a closer look at Jackson.

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