The Detroit News continues its countdown of the top 15 Blue Chip recruits for 2016 with Trishton Jackson of West Bloomfield at No. 10.
Trishton Jackson left some memories that will last for decades at West Bloomfield, leading the Lakers to their first state playoff win his junior year, then an unbeaten regular season and Oakland Activities Association Red Division championship as a senior.
Jackson now will take his talents to Michigan State, where he has been recruited as a receiver. He put on nearly 10 pounds his senior year while also getting faster through his off season training, playing at 6-foot-2 and 188 pounds with 4.41 40 speed.
Jackson took his official visit to Michigan State this weekend, watching the Spartans’ basketball game against Maryland on Saturday night at Breslin Center.
“It’s my dream school,” Jackson said by phone prior to the game. “They win Big Ten championships and it’s a great atmosphere. I love the coaches and players there.”
So, did Jackson try to help recruit Detroit King cornerback Lavert Hill, who also made his visit to MSU this weekend.
“Is he here? I’m not sure I can tell you that, but I’ll definitely try to help him come here,” Jackson said.
Jackson, used primarily as a quarterback his junior year, played quarterback, receiver, cornerback and return man his final season. He completed nearly 70 percent of his passes (120-of-174) for 1,373 yards and 15 touchdowns, also rushing 437 yards and eight touchdowns while adding 17 receptions for 239 yards and three touchdowns. He also returned a punt 68 yards for a touchdown.
“My goal this season was to just get better every day,” pointed out Jackson who earned a spot on The News Dream Team as an athlete. “We had a lot of success, went 9-0 during the regular season and won the OAA Red championship.”
Jackson talked of his highlights from West Bloomfield’s 9-1 season.
“Beating (Farmington Hills) Harrison was definitely one since it’s our crosstown rivalry game and we hadn’t beaten them before while I played,” Jackson said. “I scored the game-winning touchdown (in 20-14 win) and had a game-winning interception at the end.
“The Clarkston game was also a big one, especially since they were the two-time defending state champions and our division champ. I had five touchdowns and we beat them (35-21).”
When asked what his strengths were, Jackson replied: “I feel I’m a great athlete, fast and strong and I have long arms which helps out a lot, too. I can’t wait to play at State. I’m looking forward to it.”
Still, Jackson has work to do, playing guard on his high school basketball team. He scored 40 in a game against state power Macomb Dakota last year and is averaging 25 points this season.
DETROIT NEWS BLUE CHIP COUNTDOWN
No. 10 Trishton Jackson, West Bloomfield (Michigan State)
No. 11 David Reese, Farmington (Florida)
No. 12 Brandon Randle, Battle Creek Central (Michigan State)
No. 13 Josh Jackson, Saline (Virginia Tech)
No. 14 Martell Pettaway, Detroit King (West Virginia)
No. 15 Brad Tanner, Romeo (Western Michigan)