Just about every pass thrown at Trishton Jackson this summer was caught.
That is how the West Bloomfield senior went from a handful of MAC offers to being recruited by Big Ten programs in the blink of an eye. After a strong performance at Michigan State's summer camp, the Spartans, despite having just a few spots left in the class, felt he was a guy they had to have.
While they recruited him as an athlete, wide receiver is the likely spot he will line up at in East Lansing.
Before he catches passes in East Lansing though, he has passes left to throw in West Bloomfield. A quarterback for the Lakers, Jackson will be counted on to lead a squad that went 9-2 last year to an even deeper playoff run this year.
"We're expecting a big year," West Bloomfield head coach Ron Bellamy said. "It's one of those deals where we put the ball in his hands and let him lead us to where we need to go. We have a good group of seniors that are going to help him, but we want the football in his hands."
The ball will be in his hands every play at quarterback, which is why Bellamy, a former wide receiver himself at the University of Michigan and in the NFL, resisted the urge to find another quarterback and put Jackson at his college position. He says Jackson will go to receiver in certain packages, but he understands where he needs to be for his team to win.
"He's the ultimate team guy," Bellamy said. "He doesn't complain. He accepts the challenge and he knows the team is counting on him to play mostly quarterback, and that's where he will touch the ball most of the time."
Jackson spent the offseason working on his wide receiver skills though, knowing that was where he was likely to earn big-time scholarship offers.
"He worked for them," Bellamy said of Jackson's offers. "He understood what it took for him to get those offers. He worked his butt off, now he just wants to show he's worthy of that Michigan State offer and commitment."
The Spartan commitment is also likely to put a bigger target on Jackson's back. The expectations, extra attention, and maybe the added trash talk from opponents, are not something Bellamy is concerned about because he knows his senior star has just one thing on his mind.
"He's trying to prove he can lead his team to a state championship," Bellamy said. "That is his main goal, so he's not worried about outside people and what is talked about. What he is worried about right now is his teammates."
Dematha standout lands MSU offer
Michigan State recently became the ninth offer for Hyattsville (Md.) Dematha Catholic junior defensive end Chase Young (6-5, 225 pounds). The Spartans join Penn State, Tennessee, Maryland, Virginia and more on his list. Also a basketball player, Young was a stand-up edge rusher and tight end for Dematha a year ago. He does not currently have a date set to visit East Lansing yet. The Spartans have one Dematha alum on the roster in linebacker Darien Harris.
Robertson set to begin season
Fort Wayne (Ind.) Wayne defensive end Auston Robertson will be the first Spartan commit to kick off his season as his team will take on Fort Wayne Snider on Friday. Indiana high schools begin play before most states do. The rest of the Spartan commits will be in action the following week.
Allen Trieu began covering the state of Michigan for Scout.com in 2005 and began managing the entire Midwest in 2009. He has been featured on the Big Ten Network on its annual Signing Day Show. His Michigan and Michigan State recruiting columns appear weekly at detroitnews.com.