By Ross Jones, FOXSports.com
From the moment DeSean Jackson stepped on Long Beach Poly’s football field, the coaching staff knew they had a gem. Although injuries would slow down his rapid rise to being a high-school superstar, Jackson saved his breakout moment for when it mattered most.
“His breakout game was the semifinals against Mater Dei,” Jackson’s high school coach Raul Lara told FOXSports.com. “The reason I say that game is because I had to suspend a couple of my starters and he stepped up and ever since then he just ran with it.”
Jackson became a household name on the recruiting radar by the end of his junior year and would be named the top wide receiver in the nation by many scouting websites.
From a young age, Jackson was destined for greatness. By way of his late father Bill Jackson, who passed away in 2009 from pancreatic cancer and his brother Byron Jackson, the wide receiver had great role models in his life. The eldest of the Jacksons would spend countless hours with his son, molding him into an All-American. DeSean had all different types of athletic trainers and coupled with a strong work ethic, he would stand out among the rest.
“Back at Poly, those were some great days,” DeSean Jackson told FOXSports.com in a telephone interview in April. “A lot of times I sit back and think of the great memories I have from Long Beach. I have a lot of childhood memories, but there were struggles as well, growing up in the Long Beach area. When I was in high school and just competing at a high level, we had great talent. People go there to play and win championships.” Keep Reading…