Jackson Earns His First Division One Offer
2015 quarterback Tyree Jackson of Mona Shores (Mich.) is one of the most underrated players in the state of Michigan, and now after patiently waiting, Jackson has received his first division one offer from Buffalo and he says he couldn’t feel more blessed.
“I’m just blessed to receive an opportunity from great school like Buffalo.” Jackson said. “I really like Buffalo’s coaching staff, they have had good success in developing and sending players to the NFL and I could definitely see myself playing there because they have a great school, and football team.”
At this point, I think it is safe to say that more offers are on the way for Jackson. Over the last month, Michigan State, Eastern Michigan, Central Michigan, Toledo, Kent State, and Miami (Ohio) have reportedly come to visit Jackson or watch him throw the ball.
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.
As a sophomore, he threw for 1,800 yards, 18 touchdowns, and only four interceptions. Then last season, as junior, he 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. Keep in mind, that Jackson is just as impressive in the classroom as he is on the field. As of right now he has a career grade point average of 3.2 and he recently received a 21 on the ACT.
While Jackson says he doesn’t have any plans to commit to a school right now, he says there is always the possibility that he could commit either before his senior year or during his senior year.
“I would like to commit before my senior year, but it really all depends on what happens with my upcoming college visits, camps, etc.” Jackson replied. “Right now, I am enjoying the moment and continuing to let everything play out. At the end of the day, I’m just blessed to be presented with the opportunity to play division 1 one football.”
Jackson added that he will be attending football camp at Eastern Michigan this Saturday.
Antwine’s hard work and patience pays off, as he earns his first scholarship offer
Pontiac (Mich.) 2015 athlete Ja’Mar Antwine has been described in a variety of ways, some call him a wide receiver, some call him defensive back but the best way to describe Antwine is as a play-maker.
According to the D-Zone website, Antwine compiled 1,590 all-purpose yards, nine touchdowns, 95 tackles and four blocked field goals and he did all of that while playing eight different positions (QB/RB/WR/CB/S/MLB/OLB/KR).
Well on Wednesday, Antwine’s hard work and strong performances paid off, when he received his first scholarship offer from Central Michigan and he says he couldn’t be more excited.
“Receiving an offer from Central Michigan is a relief.”Antwine said. “I feel like a weight has been lifted off my shoulders because I feel like all the hard work I put in, is beginning to pay off.”
“Central Michigan is a great school and I could definitely see myself there. I like coaching staff and their desire to win and to get the players to the next level. I believe I have a great relationship with Coach Collins and he has a great relationship with the current defensive backs on my roster. Most of all, I like the fact that Coach Collins pushes them to be great and I know if I were to commit there, he would do the same for me.”
If you ask me, this is just the beginning for Antwine. As of right now, Antwine says he is receiving interest from Michigan State, Toledo, Illinois, Southern Illinois along with a number of Division 2 schools.
At 5-foot-11 and 172 pounds, he is extremely versatile, just look at his ability to play multiple positions and play those positions at a high level on a consistent basis.
However, what I love most about Antwine’s game, is his intense explosive ability and overall competitive spirit. The young rising star, always plays at high and intense level and he doesn’t stop until the whistle blows and you can always count him on to be the biggest competitor on the field.
Most importantly, he is a very coach-able young man, who believes in hard work and dedication. There is no doubt that Antwine has a bright future and whoever is lucky enough to gain a commitment from him when the time comes, will have gained a great student athlete, who will do everything he can to help his team achieve great success.
Antwine added that he doesn’t have any upcoming college visits but the does plan to visit Central Michigan before the summer is over.
Written by LBeasley (Lauren Beasley), Sports Contributor for Radio One Detroit