BREAKING: Mike Leach lands sought Cali WR

BREAKING: Mike Leach lands sought Cali WR

A WIDE RECEIVER with a bunch of offers, including four from the Pac-12, wasn't thinking crimson and gray a few weeks ago. That's all changed and in a big way since Mike Leach and staff came on board – so much so that he just went crimson.

Alex Jackson (5-10.5, 175, 4.4) out of Culver City, Calif. is enamored with the thought of playing in Mike Leach's offense.

"I committed Washington State today," Jackson told "It was about the coaching staff, Mike Leach, and they talked to me about a really good opportunity and they pass the ball around. I really like that."

WAZZU, SAID JACKSON, wasn't really even on his radar until a week ago.

"I hadn't even heard of the coaching change until after coach (Dennis) Simmons came to the school," said Jackson. "I started researching Washington State after that..Coach Leach, he does some great things on offense. He has a great reputation."

JACKSON SAID the Cougs liked his ability to make big plays, his versatility and how elusive and explosive he is on the gridiron with the ball in his hands.

"They told me they see me in the slot position, catching short passes and taking them a long ways," said Jackson.

Jackson, an all-CIF selection as a junior, racjed up 55 catches this season for 1,083 yards with 12 TDs. He also returned 8 kickoffs for 238 hashes.

JACKSON SAID HE'LL trip to Washington State in January, though he wasn't sure of the exact date.

"I wanted to be part of an up and coming program and I felt like that's what they have at Washington State," said Jackson.

In addition to Washington State, Jackson held offers from ASU, Oregon State, Colorado, K-State, SDSU, ISU, Vanderbilt and others.

THE COUGS HAVE pulled talent out of Culver City throughout the years -- a big receiving name to come out of the school and don the crimson and gray was Michael Bumpus.

"I'm just excited to be part of the team, I'm going to come in and work hard," said Jackson.

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