Baseball

All-State Player Signs With Northwestern

Cole Jackson (Polk City, Iowa) has signed letters of intent to continue his baseball and football careers at Northwestern beginning in the fall of 2014.

Jackson, the son of Steve and Kathy, is a 6-3 right handed pitcher. He has gone 9-3 during his career with a 1.89 ERA and 110 strikeouts in 85 innings. As a junior, Jackson went 8-2, had a 1.33 ERA and was named an IHSBCA Second Team All-State player and a First Team All-District player. Jackson pitched his team into the Iowa State Championship game this summer, defeating Carroll Kuemper in a complete game four hitter in the semi-final round. North Polk ended the season with a 31-5 record and finished as the Iowa High School Class 2A runner-up for the second consecutive year after earning their third straight trip to the State Tournament.

“Cole is a great addition to our baseball program,” said head baseball coach Brian Wede. “He is the type of pitcher we look for at Northwestern (a great young man and very talented pitcher) and I believe he will have a great career for us. After seeing him pitch in the state tournament semi-final last summer, I really thought he would be a special pitcher in college and I am thrilled it will be as a member of our pitching staff.”

On the football field, Jackson is a 6-3 quarterback from North Polk High School. North Polk has gone 16-6 with Jackson as their starting quarterback, including a 9-2 record this season. During his two years at QB Jackson has thrown for 3,516 passing yards with 34 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He has also added 459 rushing yards and ten rushing touchdowns. Jackson was named the offensive MVP for North Polk this season after throwing for 1,543 yards and accounting for 21 total touchdowns (14 passing, seven rushing). He has twice been named a First Team All-District Quarterback and was an Iowa Preps Second Team All-State QB as a junior.

“We are really excited to have Cole joining the Red Raider football family,” said head football coach Kyle Achterhoff.  “He is an athletic quarterback with great potential and has been a winner at everything he is involved with. We are looking forward to seeing him develop at Northwestern.”

Jackson plans to major in Biology/Health Professions while at Northwestern.