“It’s a big time program in a very good conference,” Jackson said. “[They have a] well known coach. Also, a friend of mine Marcus Trice, who is there, was telling me a little about it and how it was like a good place.”
So what exactly did Trice, the Sooner sophomore defensive back, mean by that?
“He was just mainly talking about Coach [Bob] Stoops [and] how he was treated so nice on his visits there,” Jackson said. “He said the Big 12 Conference is the best to be in.”
And so he has a very positive opinion of OU and Stoops.
“From what I’ve seen and heard, I think he’s a really good coach and knows what he’s doing,” Jackson said. “I like the offense there he runs.”
As for Jackson and Trice, they got in touch online like a lot of people do nowadays, and so Trice’s words of encouragement about OU could prove pivotal down the line.
“I was looking at a video of him on PrepTicket about his life and I really thought good of him,” Jackson said. “I looked him up and we started talking from there and since then we have been cool, and he tells me rights and wrongs.”
Even with Trice’s positive comments about what he’s experienced at OU, though, the 5-foot-9, 160 lb., speedster from West Rowan High School in Mount Ulla, N.C., said he hasn’t picked out one school that’s in front of the rest on his leaderboard.
“However, I have no favorites at the moment but wanna take all my visits,” Jackson said.
Who are some of those favorites besides OU?
“Ohio State, Maryland, Florida [and] Auburn,” Jackson said.
He recently participated in a camp at Maryland.
“I have most recently attended the senior prospect camp at the University of Maryland as a freshman,” Jackson said. “I loved the campus and coaches and hopefully I will hear from them in the very near future.”
With that said, he has a long list of schools that are already interested in him, including East Carolina, Florida State, LSU, North Carolina, Duke, North Carolina State, Tennessee, Florida, Auburn, Clemson, Colorado, Arkansas, Oregon State, Michigan State, South Carolina, Pittsburgh, Kansas and Rutgers.
So Jackson hopes to bring his skills to one of these schools.
“I am more of a finesse runner,” Jackson said. “But I will get that first down when needed. I want to preserve my body and be a smart runner.”
He said if there’s one Sooner he aspires to be like, it’s not Adrian Peterson, who he said “lays the ball on the carpet” too much.
“Jamelle Holloway, he was awesome in my opinion,” Jackson said.
He touched on two other things that really gain his interest about OU, the first of which is the rivalry game with Texas, similar to a Florida-Georgia type game.
“Those are great rivalries and big time players step up in big time games,” Jackson said. “I would love that opportunity because they create memories of a lifetime.”
The other thing is the amount of NFL players that come out of the Sooner program.
“For sure, I think all young athletes of my age have aspirations of playing in the NFL,” Jackson said. “But my parents have instilled in my brother and myself that it is a long shot to make the NFL and that we should prepare for life after football. I still have that dream and will pursue it to the fullest. God’s will be done.”
So while it’s still out there a couple years, Jackson is a prospect to keep an eye on.
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