May 11, 2012 2:05 AM by Andrew Masuda

Asa Jackson, Jerome Long set to open NFL rookie camps Friday

The NFL dreams will come true on Friday for two Central Coast football stars. Former Cal Poly cornerback Asa Jackson and Morro Bay High graduate Jerome Long will endure their first day of rookie minicamps.

Jackson arrived in Baltimore to be fitted for gear with the Ravens on Thursday night. The former All-American cornerback was a fifth round draft pick in last month's NFL Draft. The Ravens want to see how Jackson, Cal Poly's all-time leader in punt returns, handles kick return duties.

The former Mustang was excited to suit up for his first day on the job. "It hadn't really set in that I was going to be an NFL player but to get out here and see everything and once I got fitted for my gear for tomorrow's mini camp it all set in," Jackson told the Baltimore Ravens' official website. "I just want to show the coaches and whoever may be here that I am someone who can contribute to this team this year. I'm going to try to come out and show that I'm a guy that can fill one of those positions."

Long arrived Thursday night to the Chiefs Training facility. Kansas City opens minicamp Friday. Long has yet to sign a contract, but that should happen during the three-day camp. The Chiefs drafted Long, a standout defensive tackle at San Diego State, in the seventh round.

Friday morning the players will undergo physical tests like the 40 yard dash and bench press before meeting with their position coaches.



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