Covering High School Sports in America
The most athletic collection of high school football players from one team I ever witnessed was the Long Beach Poly (Calif.) squad from 2001.

And the fastest, perhaps most athletic, was a freshman named DeSean Jackson. Other players on those teams included future NFL players Darnell Bing, Marcedes Lewis, Manuel Wright and Winston Justice.

Photo by Josh Thompson

DeSean Jackson, Long Beach Poly in 2004

But Jackson has gone on – along with Lewis and Justice – to record the best professional careers. He's a two-time Pro Bowl selection (2009 and 2010) and has 240 catches for 4,276 yards and 21 touchdowns in this, his fifth NFL season.

He'll lead the Eagles into their Monday Night Football tilt tonight against the New Orleans Saints.

In high school, he caught 60 passes for 1,075 yards and 15 touchdowns his senior year, leading the Jackrabbits to a CIF Southern Section title.

In that title game, he was asked to play defensive back and intercepted two passes, one he returned 68 yards for a touchdown in a 21-6 win over Los Alamitos.

After that, he was voted the MVP of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonia, where he had seven catches for 141 yards and a touchdown. That catapulted him to Cal, where he was a two-time All-American.

Here are some video highlights of Jackson in high school.

Image for MaxPreps Video.