St. Peter’s Prep’s (Jersey City, NJ) 6-1, 262-pound tailback Rashawn Jackson has drawn major Division I-A interest. According to St. Peter’s Head Coach Rich Hansen, Jackson has received over 30 official scholarship offers.
Among his long list of schools, there are 5 or 6 that currently stand out above the rest. A few more behind those schools have caught Jackson’s eye as well.
“My top 5 that I want to investigate further are Rutgers, UVa, Tennessee, Ohio State and Miami,” Jackson said. “I also like Florida. LSU and Texas have been talking to me too. I haven’t been able to get back in touch with either of those two. FSU was my number 1 favorite growing up, but things haven’t really worked out there. I’m not saying I’d go there if they did offer. ”
Wanting to stay open in the recruiting process, Jackson does not list a favorite right now.
“I really don’t have a number 1,” Jackson said. “I’m open-minded to other schools. I don’t want to jump the gun. I don’t want to go somewhere and end up not being happy. If I named a number 1, I would not be being open-minded to other schools.”
This summer, Jackson was hoping to make unofficial visits to many of the interested schools. Because of time constraints, he could only take 2 – to Rutgers and Virginia, respectively.
Jackson made his first visit to UVa last weekend. He almost went back down to Charlottesville this past weekend, but couldn’t make it because of a previously scheduled trip to Rutgers.
“Virginia was beautiful,” Jackson said. “I loved the campus. I loved the Lawn. It was a cool place. The academics are great. That’s one thing I really like about them. I also like the 3-4 defense. I like the coaches.”
Jackson has enjoyed his visits to Rutgers as well.
“Rutgers is a good place,” Jackson said. “I could definitely see myself there. I trust the coaches. I like the area. It’s a big school, and I like that. The school is beautiful. And I like the stadium.”
The other 3 schools within the top 5 have also impressed Jackson, who has yet to visit these programs.
“They all have great programs,” Jackson said. “Tennessee is a great college town. I’ve heard they are all orange around there. They have a great support system. Ohio State is a great program. They won the National Championship. I like their stadium and their coaches. And Miami is Miami.”
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