• Mona Shores (Mich.) 2015 QB Tyree Jackson is Gaining More College Interest and Remaining Hungry for Success [Interview]

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    Tyree JacksonWhen it comes to the class of 2015 quarterbacks in the state of Michigan, most people know about quarterbacks, Jayru Campbell of Detroit Cass Tech, Alex Malzone of Brother Rice and Jake Johnson of DeWitt but one quarterback, more people need to become familiar with is Tyree Jackson of Mona Shores (Mich.)

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    As a sophomore, he threw for 1,800 yards, 18 touchdowns, and only four interceptions. Then last season, as junior, Jackson helped to lead Mona Shores to a  7-2 season and qualify for the playoffs for the first time in school history, all while throwing for over 2,500 yards, 31 touchdowns and rushing for three touchdowns.

    Due to his productive and impressive junior season, Jackson received an offer from Ferris State University (D2) in February and Jackson says he couldn’t feel more blessed to receive a full ride scholarship offer from Ferris State.

    “I’m just blessed to receive a full ride scholarship, and I feel excited about my offer!” Jackson said. “I have a really good relationship with the coaches there, and like their high tempo offense!”

    At 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, Jackson already has the skill set of division 1 quarterback and you can bet more college coaches are starting to taking notice of this intelligent quarterback who has a rocket for an arm and great touch to make the toughest throws look easy.

    Over the last  month, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Buffalo, Toledo, Kent State, and Miami (Ohio) have reportedly come to visit Jackson or watch him throw the ball. While none of these schools have offered him yet, Jackson says he is building relationships with each school and he feels blessed that they are considering him for a division one scholarship.

    “At this point, I know they all like me as a student athlete and I’m just excited to be in the position to possibly earn a division 1 scholarship.” Jackson said.  “As of right now, I like and appreciate every school that has taken the time to meet with me or watch me throw.”

    Well I don’t know about you but I think it’s only a matter of time before Jackson starts to receive more offers and keep in mind that it’s not just about football with this young man. Jackson is an impressive student athlete with a career grade point average of 3.2 and he recently received a 21 on the ACT.  Although, Jackson doesn’t have any plans to commit to a school right now, he says when he does decide to commit to a school, you can bet whatever school he chooses to attend, will have to have great academics.

    “I would like to commit before my senior year, but it really all depends on who has offered me. Since I’m graduating early, I would to probably commit by January.” Jackson replied. “Although I am undecided on college major right now, academics and the coaching staff are the two main things I’m looking for in a school that I will commit to.”

    However, until the time commits to a school, Jackson says he is really focused on becoming a better football player and helping to lead his team to a state title in his senior year.

    “I have strong-arm, real good feet and I’m a quick learner but I don’t think I have reached my ceiling yet as quarterback.” Jackson said. “I enjoy watching film and working to be the best. I’ll never get content with my success. Right now, I’m working on becoming stronger, faster, and quicker. After that my main focus is building a relationship with my team mates and my goal is a state championship.”

    So for now, I encourage you to remember the name, Tyree Jackson, because there is no doubt that more offers are on the way for this young man and whoever is lucky enough to garner a commitment from him when the time comes will have gained a great student athlete and a great young man.

    “I’m really enjoying the recruiting process and I just feel blessed to have an opportunity to play college football for free.” Jackson replied. “I would be blessed to receive an offer from any school. A chance to play at the next level and get a free education is second to none and my dream.”

    Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit

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