Another NJ Stud to UVa

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Make it 5 for the University of Virginia. That’s how many commitments the Cavaliers have received from the state of New Jersey. The 5th verbal came yesterday, when St. Peter’s Prep standout running back/inside linebacker Rashawn Jackson chose Virginia over Nebraska, Tennessee, Rutgers and Florida. All had offered.

“Rashawn has committed to Virginia,” confirmed St. Peter’s Prep Head Coach Rich Hansen. “I think Virginia’s success, their academic reputation, their coaches and the fact that we have a player going there in Mike Brown all played a big part in it.”

The 6-1, 253-pound Jackson, who is rated a 3-star prospect by Rivals and TheInsiders.com, plays running back and inside linebacker for St. Peter’s. He is an excellent athlete who runs somewhere around a 4.55 or 4.6 in the 40-yard dash. He can dunk a basketball as well.

According to Coach Hansen, Jackson was recruited by UVa as a running back.

“He’s going to play offensively,” Hansen said. “They recruited him as an offensive back. I think they’re excited about the fact that, especially in the ACC, they’re getting a big back who’s durable and who’s going to be able to wear people down. The things that they do offensively fit perfectly into his talents and to what he’s used to doing also. That’s pretty much what we do.”

If offense doesn’t work out, defense could be a serious possibility.

“The one thing he mentioned to me and I know he’s talked to them about is that we play a 3-4 defense,” Hansen said. “He’s an inside ‘backer in the 3-4 and I’d say probably in the back of his mind he hasn’t ruled out that that may be a possibility to. If it doesn’t work in an offense that he’s used to in terms of what they do or they have a plethora of talent on offense, he’s not averse to switching over to the other side of the ball playing a position he’s used to playing in a scheme he’s used to playing. It’s a great option for him and flexibility for Virginia.”

Academically, Coach Hansen estimates that Jackson has somewhere around a 2.5 grade point average and takes the SAT for the first time next week.

Jackson becomes the 22nd verbal commitment in the 2005 recruiting class. His teammate, cornerback Mike Brown, has also committed to Virginia.