KINGFISHER — For all the success the Kingfisher football program has had over the last decade, it’s hard to imagine how rare a position offensive lineman Kaden Jackson is in.
Only two Yellowjacket players since 2005 have signed letters of intent with Division I schools, and Jackson is destined to add to that list.
“I’m so blessed and honored to represent my town, and show that there are players like me who can go play at the major-college level,” said Jackson, who is No. 19 on The Oklahoman’s Super 30 list of the top football recruits in the state. “It’s a big honor to represent Kingfisher.”
Curtis Lofton, who went on to star at Oklahoma and now is in the NFL, is the best-known Kingfisher product of the last decade, and Derek Patterson is showing his talent as a wide receiver at Tulsa.
Now Jackson and tight end Jace Sternberger, who has offers from South Dakota and Sam Houston State, are both gaining momentum on the recruiting scene.
Still, it wasn’t easy for Jackson to prove his worth as a Division I lineman. At 6-foot-2, and 265 pounds, many colleges consider him to be too small to play offensive line.
“He’s still trying to prove himself,” Kingfisher coach Jeff Myers said. “He has half a dozen offers from some small D-I schools, but he’s gone to a ton of camps at the bigger schools and they keep telling him he’s not big enough. But they don’t see what we see every day from him.