THE NEXT LEVEL With Jaymin Jackson
February 17, 2009
- Jaymin Jackson
- 6’0″ 228 lbs
- Linfield Wildcats (Junior)
- 2x Second Team All-NWC Linebacker
- Three-Year Letterwinner
- 2007 Most Improved Payer
- Columbia River Chieftain (Class of 2006)
- 3 Year Varsity Letterman
- 3 Time All-League
- 2005 Washington AP 3A First Team All-State
- 2005 3A GSHL Defensive Player Of The Year
What was your most memorable moment playing high school football?
Jaymin – My most memorable moment in High School was making the game sealing Int against Skyview after a hard fought game.
Did you have any game day/game time rituals in high school? If so, what were they?
Jaymin -I would put on the warrior paint on my face, which I still currently do at Linfield.
It was the first time someone told me I either wasn’t good enough or big enough. It motivated me more than ever and its nice to see my hard work paying off.
What was your favorite TV show in high school?
Jaymin -Forget the T.V. show, I was a Halo 2 freak!
How many different positions did you play from youth football through the end of your HS career? If you could have chosen another position other than linebacker, what would have it been?
Jaymin -I played tackle, tight end, fullback and running back, I didn’t get a chance to carry the ball in my younger days cause I was to big. I got to HS and stuck to linebacker and running back.
Xbox, PS3, or Wii? What is your favorite game?
Jaymin -Xbox Call of Duty 5
Explain your recruiting process. How many schools did you visit? Did anything interesting happen during this process?
Jaymin -My recruiting process shaped me a lot as an individual. It was the first time someone told me I either wasn’t good enough or big enough. It motivated me more than ever and its nice to see my hard work paying off. Im glad I decided to attend Linfield College because it has strong tradition and we just flat out win football games.
Do you have any game day/game time rituals in college? If so, what were they?
Jaymin -I put on the war paint and listen to the Any Given Sunday pre game speech.
Explain a typical week during football season with class, practice, game, other time.
Class usually from 9am-2pm practice 3-630pm Dinner films 730-1000pm 10-100am hw. Remember I am at a private school so the professors don’t let you use football as an excuse.
What was your most embarrassing moment playing high school football?
Jaymin -My most embarrassing moment playing football was probably wearing my dad’s Ken Griffy’s turf shoes against my bud Taylor Ranks plainsmen and getting killed.
John O’Rourke, he prepared me as a football player and even better as a person
Who is your favorite musical artist?
Jaymin -Favorite musical artist is lil wayne.
What was your most memorable moment (so far) playing college football?
Jaymin -My most memorable moment so far was scoring a 75 yard touchdown against Western Oregon in my first college start as a sophomore on defense.
Who influenced you the most as a college football player?
Jaymin -Former players and wanting to be the best to ever play here at my position.
Compare your relationship with your high school teammates to that of your college teammates. Assuming that you grew up with most of your high school teammates for years prior to playing together with them, and your college teammates came from all over the country.
Jaymin -Well, Columbia River feeds Linfield a lot of player so I got a lot here. My college buddies are more of the type of people I will keep in touch with for the rest of my life. High School was a good time but college is where you get your true best friends.
What was your most embarrassing moment playing college football?
Jaymin -Missing the bus to UPS and having my teammates call me and send a girl over to wake me up lol.
How much college football do you get to watch during the season? (not counting film sessions)
Jaymin -Probably to much.
lead by example, listen to your coaches, be respectful to anyone and everyone, be trust worthy and make the players around you better.
What is your favorite TV show now?
Jaymin -I like first 48.
Who influenced you the most as a High School football player?
Jaymin -My head coach John O’Rourke, he prepared me as a football player and even better as a person, Other coaches such as Coach Thomson and Coach Boyle were very influential.
Do you have an iPhone?
Jaymin -No way, ima college student at a $32,000 a year school. I got bills to pay lol.
Do you prefer Madden or NCAA? Why?
Jaymin -NCAA because I can call my fiends who are on it and tell them that im going to bench them if they don’t start performing.
What would you tell young kids entering high school is the most important thing (besides school) they need to do to become an elite level player?
Jaymin -To be special, you must deliver special in everything you do. That means show up first to workouts, be on time to practice, lead by example, listen to your coaches, be respectful to anyone and everyone, be trust worthy and make the players around you better.
How often do you make it back to Vancouver?
Jaymin -Couple times every 3 months, I got a house down here so I basically live here.