Hawks’ Landon Jackson picks national champion LSU over Alabama, Texas A&M

Pleasant Grove junior defensive end Landon Jackson, who has committed to playing his college football at LSU is Fox Sports Texarkana Radio's Preseason Defensive Player of the Year.


Pleasant Grove junior Landon Jackson has verbally committed to play football at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge.

A two-time All-State pick, and three-year starter for the Hawks at defensive end, Jackson (6-6, 240) announced his decision Sunday via twitter.

“I would like to thank my parents, coaches, and teammates for everything they have done to allow me to be the player I am today,” said LSU’s newest recruit. “I would also like to thank all the college coaches who took the time to recruit me. With that said I am committed to LSU.”

Pleasant Grove coach Josh Gibson stands with Landon Jackson (left) and Marcus Burris prior to the 2019 season. Jackson is ranked fourth on the Austin American Statesman’s Fab 55, while Burris is 11th.

Jackson has 37 career sacks at Pleasant Grove

Pleasant Grove won two of the last three Class 4A Division II state championships. The Hawks beat West Orange-Stark in 2017, and Wimberley in 2019. Pleasant Grove lost the title game in 2018 to Cuero. The Hawks have recorded a 44-4 record the past three seasons. Jackson had a combined 37 sacks, missing the playoffs in 2018 with a serious knee injury.

The Hawks star defender picked LSU over Texas A&M, Alabama and Texas. He also had confirmed offers from Arizona, Arkansas, Baylor, Houston, Kansas, Miami (Fla.), Nebraska, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Tulsa, Virginia Tech and Washington. There were more than 50 NCAA Division I schools interested in Jackson.


Hawk defender needs to get bigger, stronger

It has been reported by several sources that Jackson could play in the NFL one day, but needs to put on weight and get stronger. He’s rated a 4-star prospect, and considered one of the top 100 prospects in the nation, and No. 19 in Texas. Jackson and Burris also alternated at tight end for Pleasant Grove.

LSU defeated Clemson to win the 2019 national crown. The Bayou Bengals had a record 14 players taken this week in the NFL Draft.

Pleasant Grove coach Josh Gibson was unavailable for comment on Sunday.