So far, senior year has been good to Suitland linebacker Anthony Jackson.
Two weeks before the first day of school, the 6-0, 215-pound senior committed to play for the University of Delaware. Two months later, he’s the anchor of a defense that’s propelled the No.7 Rams to a 7-0 start and allowed just over eight points per game. Jackson made 18 tackles and had an interception in his team’s 21-7 win over Wise last week. He shared some thoughts on his team, his college decision, and Suitland’s ultimate goal.
Recruiting Insider: How do you feel about the position you’re in, and how have you kept winning despite the growing target on your backs?
Anthony Jackson: We’re feeling good right now. We’re trying to stay disciplined and do what we’re coached to do. We’re taking care of all the little things. Staying true to the plan our coaches give us in the week and staying disciplined.
We go into every week with the same mindset: that we’re going to get better every day. Everybody on our team believes that if we get better every day, Saturday will take care of itself. We just look for everybody on our roster to contribute to everything that we do. That goes from the starters to the scout team. If you get better on the scout team, the first team will have to raise its level to get better. So then we get better as a team. Everyone believes that, and everyone’s believed that from day one.
RI: This week, your team plays the only other undefeated team in Prince George’s 4A (Flowers, 7-0) in the game of the week at 6 pm at Prince George’s Sports and Learning Complex. What are you expecting from that game, and how do you feel about playing on Saturday night?
AJ: They’re a 7-0 team as well as we are. They have to be doing something right. So we just have to come into the game ready to play and do what we’re coached to do.
Of course it’s a good feeling to play under the lights, but as a team we can’t get sidetracked by it. We’ve got to stay level all week and treat it like a normal Saturday at 4 o’clock game.
RI: How did you choose Delaware?
AJ: I sent them my tape, they really liked it, and they got me on campus for their camp. Then they sat down to talk with me and my parents, talk about the program and everything. I really liked it up there, and my mom thought it’d be a good fit for me, so we made the decision together.
It’s a very good feeling [to have made the decision]. It’s a blessing to have. It’s a lot of weight off of my shoulders. Now I can just relax and focus on getting my team to the state championship.
RI: About that state championship…. What would you say makes your team so good and how do you turn that into a state title run?
AJ: I have to give a lot of credit to the offensive and defensive line. If it wasn’t for them, Wesley Wolfolk (1,114 yards and 11 touchdowns) wouldn’t be able to throw the passes he makes happen, and I wouldn’t be able to float to the ball and make plays like I do, so all the credit goes to the offensive and defensive line.
Of course every team talks about going to the states and winning it all. But I mean, all that starts with getting better every day in practice. If we do that, then the future is bright.
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