Richard Davenport has been a recruiting columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette since 2007.
Jackson's father cherishing The Opening
Anthony Jackson, the father El Dorado defensive lineman and Arkansas commitment Bijhon Jackson has been all smiles at The Opening.
El Dorado defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson brought one of his biggest fans, his father Anthony with him to The Opening, the most prestigious event for high school football prospects.
Anthony has been soaking in the experience and has been able see his son perform well against the best offensive linemen in the nation.
“It’s a dream come true,” said the elder Jackson. “I’d never imagine to be able do this. It’s real special.”
Being able to take the trip and have some father and son time while watching his son compete in the elite event is hard to put into words. The event is Jackson’s first football camp to see his son participate in.
“I can’t explain it,” said Jackson, “This is the first time to be able to take a trip with him and actually see him because of the way I work. Everything worked out for me to have a chance to see him.”
He arrived early and stayed until the end of the first two days even though his son wasn’t competing later in the day.
After meeting the younger Jackson, people are impressed with his manners and humble attitude. His father said Bijhon has been a pleasure to raise.
“He’s just a good kid,” Jackson said. “He hasn’t been hard to raise at all. He’s humble, he does what you ask him to do. I couldn’t ask for better.”
Jackson said he dreamed of being a Razorback and wanted his son to be a Hog but let his son know it was up to him where he would attend college.
“It’s amazing,” he said. “I guess he was meant to be a Razorback. The whole family on both sides are Razorback fans. It’s Razorbacks or bust.”