Trishton Jackson's future is playing football at MSU but he continues to play basketball at West BloomfieldFootball  |
West Bloomfield – In an era of specialization, where many high school athletes prefer to play just one sport, Trishton Jackson is an example of why playing multiple sports can prove positive and possibly lead to more success.
Wednesday is National Signing Day and Jackson, a two-sport star at West Bloomfield, is set to sign his letter-of-intent with Michigan State to play football.
Even as he prepares to play receiver in East Lansing, Jackson has returned to the basketball court for the Lakers for his final high school season
Jackson said that the decision to play basketball his senior year was an easy one.
“I was always intending to come back and play,” he said. “It’s just the love for the game.”
A four-year starter in both sports, Jackson began hearing from Division I teams in both football and basketball almost as soon as he entered high school.
But going into the summer after his junior year, Jackson made the decision to pursue a football scholarship as a receiver, rather than quarterback, the position he played almost exclusively his first three seasons. After a strong showing in summer camps, Jackson received and accepted a scholarship offer from Michigan State.
West Bloomfield basketball coach Jeremy Denha said that he saw how special of an athlete and they type of work ethic Jackson had early on, and added that playing multiple sports is something that he encourages.
“People don’t understand,” Denha said, “Of course God gave him some gifts in terms of athleticism, being able to jump and run and do those things, but he’s taken that to the next level. That’s when you get special players and special competitors. He was always ‘Hey coach, come pick me up, I want to get some shots up’.
“I tell all my kids, I want them all playing sports in every season, so they don’t get sick of me and get burned out from me. It’s about options for these kids. It’s great that Trishton has the oppor