Brannon Jackson , a 6-1, 225 pound linebacker prospect from Washington-Marion High School in Lake Charles, Louisiana, was one of the surprise visitors for Virginia’s final home game versus the Maryland Terrapins.
Jackson was on an official visit that weekend, and got a chance to see the Cavaliers dominate the Terrapins 48-13.
“He did take an official visit to Virginia that weekend,” confirmed Washington coach Lamar Thomas. “He enjoyed the visit. We didn’t talk about it too much…all he said was that he was pleased with the visit.”
It is unknown whether or not the Cavaliers have officially offered Jackson a scholarship, although the fact that he took an official visits signals heavy interest from the staff.
The interest is for good reason, according to Thomas.
“He’s got great speed,” said Thomas. “He has the size to play college football right now. The Virginia coaches haven’t spoken to me about whether or not they have offered him, they just called me to see how the visit went. He’s a great player though.”
LSU is hot on the trail of Jackson, as is Arkansas, as both schools have offered him a scholarship. It appears, however, that Jackson may be leaning towards heading out-of-state, which would be bad news for the Tigers.
“I think he wants to leave the state,” said Thomas. “LSU has offered, so I think he would have already committed had he wanted to stay in-state. He may visit Tennessee or Miami, which are some of the other schools looking at him hard.”
Off the field, Jackson has a great personality, although he is quiet and has shied away from media interviews this season.
“He’s a great kid,” said Thomas. “He has a very fun loving personality. He’s a shy kid, especially around media. He likes the media, but he is shy about interviews.
“He opens up on the football field though.”
Academics could be a question mark with Jackson, although he is indeed one of the most talented linebackers in the south, drawing interest from many Division I schools including the Cavaliers. Not quite sure how involved the staff is at the moment, and the decisions of HB Blades and Jermaine Dias could play a role in the recruitment of Jackson.
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