Schley County football standout Clinton Jackson signs with Hutchinson Community College – Americus Times-Recorder
Schley County Football Star Clinton Jackson Signs With Hutchinson Community College
Posted at 4:33 p.m. on Wednesday, February 1, 2023
Schley County senior WR/CB Clinton Jackson signs his letter of intent to play college football at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, KS. LR: Clinton Jackson Sr. (Clinton’s father). Behind CJ Sr. are Jaliah and Shaliah Jackson, Jackson’s sisters. Then Clinton Jackson himself and to his right is his mother, Nadia Jackson and his sister, Ma’Leyah Jackson on the far right. Photo by Ken Gustafson
ELLAVILLE — Wednesday, Feb. 1, was National Dedication Day for all high school football players who plan to take their game to the college level. It’s a day dreamed and worked for by thousands of high school football players across the country. It’s a day when their dreams come true and their hard work over the past four years pays off. For senior WR/CB Clinton Jackson, his dream of playing college football came true when he signed a letter of intent in front of family members, teachers, teammates and friends to further his education and play in football at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, KS.
“I’m very excited about this opportunity we have here today,” SCHS head coach Darren Alford told the crowd gathered to witness Jackson’s signing. “Clinton Jackson has been with me. He’s been here four years. He started part of his freshman year. He played his freshman year well.” Alford went on to say that Jackson was part of the winningest senior class. of Schley County football history and that Jackson had played a huge role in making it a reality.” He went through some tough times. When we got through the COVID year, it was a tough year. Then after that , he’s been through some really, really, really good years and I’m excited about him. I’m thrilled to have their family here,” Alford continued.
Alford added that in his opinion Jackson was one of the most talented players he had ever coached in his life. “He has great physical potential. From there he goes to Hutchinson Community College in Kansas and from there I’m pretty sure he’ll come back our way I’m pretty sure and try to play Division 1 football , hopefully with a college major here in the southeast. I know it’s his dream and his goal and we’re behind him,” Alford told the crowd.
Located in Hutchinson, KS, Hutchinson Community College (HCC) offers one of the best junior college football programs in the nation. The Blue Dragons won the 2021 NJCAA National Championship and reached the title game in 2022 before losing it. This junior college football program is known for preparing its players and transitioning them into major NCAA Division 1 college football programs.
Before Jackson put pen to paper, Alford told the crowd that HCC head coach Drew Dallas and one of his assistants, who had visited Schley County to inquire about Jackson, had told the SCHS coaches that he was one of their favorite players. their advice there. “They think he can come in and have an immediate impact with what they’re doing there,” Alford said.
In his final year at SCHS as a wide receiver, Jackson caught 24 passes for 489 yards and had nine touchdown receptions. As a cornerback on the defensive side of the ball, Jackson recorded a total of 69 tackles, including 45 solo tackles. He also had six interceptions, recovered a fumble and caused two fumbles.
Jackson was recruited by Division 1 schools such as West Virginia, Virginia, and Ole Miss to name a few, but decided to go to HCC for his first two years. “I just felt like they were better for my experience and moving forward,” Jackson said.
At present, Jackson is unsure where he will pursue his college football career after his two years at HCC, but he plans to major in sports medicine and would like to pursue a career in that field after graduation. , as well as becoming a professional. Soccer.