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Silverado’s Ladale Jackson verbally commits to Utah State

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Silverado High defensive back Ladale Jackson.

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Silverado High football player Ladale Jackson verbally committed to Utah State last week.

The 5-foot-11, 170-pound senior wide receiver and defensive back turned down offers from bigger programs — such as Colorado and Utah — to play for the Aggies because they also recruited him to run track, Silverado coach Andy Ostolaza said.

Jackson won state in the 400 meters last year in 49.29 seconds and also placed high in several national meets during the summer.

Jackson has nine catches for 253 yards and two touchdowns in eight games, also recording 33 tackles and one interception.

He will be the fourth Silverado player to receive a Division I scholarship in the last three years, which is third highest total behind perennial state powers Bishop Gorman and Palo Verde. Also, 2008 Silverado graduate Aaron Reed walked on at UNLV and has received playing this fall time at wide receiver.

“We seem to have that one guy every year with the certain build or speed to get to the next level,” Ostolaza said.

Verbal commitments are non-binding and don’t become official until an athlete signs in early February.

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