Jackson hearing from more programs
Lonnie Jackson has already had a busy spring and just got back from Stanford's camp and things are about to pick up once again as the Valencia, Calif., guard hits the road for the July recruiting period.
Arizona State, UTEP and Harvard are the three schools mainly showing lots of interest in Jackson, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard who's rated as a three-star prospect by Rivals.com. His recent visit to Stanford went over well but the Cardinal has not offered yet.
"I went up to Stanford's camp last weekend, got to see the campus and talk to the coaches so that was really cool," Jackson said. "I had a really good time there.
"I don't know if they're ready to offer but they're definitely going to be watching me play in July. The campus and the coaches were really cool. I had a really good time up there. The camp was good. There was good competition and it was a good experience."
Jackson, who also said he's hearing more from Colorado, Pepperdine and some other Pac-10 schools, continues to be in close contact with Arizona State and said he recently talked to assistant coach Scott Pera.
UTEP has recently gotten involved and Jackson said it's an intriguing proposition especially with coach Tim Floyd now at the school.
"I talked to Tim Floyd for a little bit and he's a really cool guy," said Jackson, who plays with the Double Pump AAU team.
"He's definitely recruiting a lot of people in California. He's trying to get into California because he worked at USC and he knows the talent level out here. He knows some California kids could help out his program. UTEP is a nice spot."
There are big-time programs on the West Coast recruiting Jackson, one of the top players at the Double Pump May Tournament, but don't count out Harvard and some other Ivy League schools, too. Jackson said he's building a strong relationship with the Harvard staff and that it's definitely under consideration.
"Academics are really big in my eyes," Jackson said. "The guys at Harvard are really cool with Yanni (Hufnagel), coach (Tommy) Amaker, they know what they're doing and they're recruiting me really hard. The academic part does really weigh on my mind."