2006 OutlookLeon Jackson came to Nebraska as one of the nation’s top two-way prospects, starring as both a running back and defensive back in high school. Jackson has continued to show that versatility since arriving on campus, spending time at three positions. The 6-1, 210-pound speedster practiced at I-back this spring and is among a talented group of players who will push for playing time at the position this fall.
One of 13 true freshmen to see action in 2005, Jackson began at running back. However, he quickly switched to free safety where he spent the majority of the year, while also serving on NU’s kickoff coverage unit. Jackson also doubled as a receiver on Nebraska’s scout team unit, earning scout team MVP honors, and spent pre-bowl practice primarily at receiver.
2005 (Freshman)Jackson did not play in the season’s first two games, but saw action in nine of the final 10 games. A member of the kickoff coverage team that ranked among the nation’s best, Jackson made his only tackle on the opening kickoff against Texas Tech. He also provided depth at free safety behind senior starter Blake Tiedtke.
Before Nebraska (Pasco HS)Jackson was one of the top prospects in the Pacific Northwest at Pasco High School. Jackson starred at both running back and defensive back for Coach Steve Graff, helping the team to a state semifinal appearance in 2004. Jackson racked up huge numbers as a senior, rushing for 1,745 yards and 23 touchdowns on 127 carries. He also caught five passes for 144 yards and a touchdown. He capped his senior season with 189 yards and two touchdowns on 18 carries in the state semifinal loss.
Jackson’s performance as a senior earned him first-team all-state honors from both the Seattle Times and the Associated Press. Jackson had similar numbers as a junior, rushing for 1,806 yards and 32 touchdowns on 212 carries, with another two scores among his nine receptions. Jackson’s efforts as a junior helped Pasco High to the Class 4A state title, and he earned second-team all-state and Big 9 Co-Offensive Player-of-the-Year honors in the process. In his career, Jackson racked up 4,929 yards and averaged a remarkable 10.7 yards per carry.
Jackson was a USA Today Preseason Super 25 player and was one of seven Husker recruits who played in the U.S. Army All-American game. He also starred in the Pasco secondary and was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 safety prospect by recruiting expert Tom Lemming.
Jackson’s blazing speed led to honors on the track, as he captured the state title in the 100 meters as both a freshman and sophomore, including a 10.74 clocking as a sophomore. He had nine total letters, earning four in football, three in basketball and two in track. Jackson only made an official visit to Nebraska, but chose the Huskers after also receiving offers from Oregon, Oregon State, Washington, Washington State and California.
PersonalJackson is the son of Leon Jackson Sr., and Deborah Wright and was born on June 1, 1986. He has not yet declared a major. Jackson has volunteered his time with the Read to Succeed Book Drive.