“It's college,” Jackson said. “You don't have many games. You need to win, win, win, so I was always out there trying to compete. But I would always feel it.”
Rather than surgery, Jackson underwent a growingly popular procedure called Platelet Rich Plasma Therapy. During the procedure, which is commonly referred to as a PRP injection or shot, a patient's blood is drawn and spun before being injected back into the affected area. It's supposed to heal and strengthen tendons, bones, ligaments and cartilage.
“I had to do something about it immediately or try to play through it and never know if I could ever reach my full potential or not know what other type of problems it may cause,” Jackson said.
Jackson still is recovering from the procedure as he works out in Los Angeles. He says the muscles around his knee are getting back to full strength, and most of the pain has subsided. But Jackson added that he still is not as explosive as he once was and estimated that he's between 80 percent and 85 percent recovered.
He's now confident that his career can get off on the right foot.
“It's given me great hope, and I feel like I have great promise to maybe do great things one day,” Jackson said.