The eighth in a daily series of Q&A’s with the 2012 signing class.
Malcolm Jackson is a 6-foot-3, 255-pound defensive lineman from Spring Valley, Calif. A local product, Jackson played on both sides at nearby Mount Miguel High School. San Diego State hopes Jackson and other local commits will help with the process of building a “recruiting fence” around San Diego. Ideally, local talent will want to follow Jackson’s footsteps and stay close to home by attending SDSU.
A solid athlete, Jackson has the versatility to play both defensive end and defensive tackle. He will likely work both positions early on in training camp until the coaches decide where he fits best. He will wear No. 93 for the Aztecs.
Q: Why did you choose SDSU?
A: It’s close to home and it’s an upcoming program. We are moving to the Big East and I want to be a part of the tradition here.
Q: How were the summer workouts for you?
A: At first they were really difficult, but I’m starting to get used to it all.
Q: Have you picked your major yet?
A: I’m majoring in Hospitality and Tourism.
Q: What are you most excited for leading up to your first semester at San Diego State?
A: I’m looking forward to hopefully getting a chance to play in a game.
Q: What do you like to do during your spare time?
A: I like long walks on the beach.
Q: Who are your favorite professional sports teams?
A: I like the Miami Dolphins. They’re the best team in the NFL. Ever since I was six years old I have liked them. I was playing Madden and I liked using Ricky Williams so I always played with them.
Q: Is there any athlete that you look up to or try to model your game after?
A: At first it was Joey Porter until he retired. Now I like Cameron Wake.
Q: If you weren’t a football player, what sport would you be playing?
A: Is chess considered a sport? I think I would be a chess player.
Q: Since you are from San Diego, what is your favorite thing about the city?
A: I like going to restaurants and movies.
Q: What is your most memorable sports moment from high school?
A: In my game against Point Loma I got a fumble recovery and scrambled for 36 yards and led to a touchdown that play.