In a small ceremony held in the media center at Sunlake High School on Tuesday afternoon, the school's most prolific player to date, quarterback Jacob Jackson, signed with the College of DuPage in Illinois.
"It's a big weight lifted off of my shoulders to finally sign," Jackson said. "I wanted to go to a junior college instead of a NAIA or a D-III school because I want to try and get an opportunity to play D-I football."
The Chaparrals are members of the Midwest Football Conference and finished the 2010-11 season with a 7-5 record.
Jackson, who transferred to Sunlake from Gulf for his junior and senior seasons, led the Seahawks to a 12-8 record the past two seasons. The senior became the first quarterback in Pasco County since the 2005-06 season to rush and throw for more than 1,000 yards, as he threw for 1,258 yards, 18 touchdowns and rushed for 1,058 and 12 scores. Gulf's Alton Voss was the last to complete the feat.
The dual-threat quarterback also was the Sunshine Athletic Conference offensive player of the year and was selected to the St. Petersburg Times' all-North Suncoast first team.