Rashawn Jackson had expressed heavy interest in the Virginia Cavaliers last year as a junior, when he urged then-teammate and current Notre Dame freshman Leo Ferrine to consider UVa. He urged teammate another teammate, Mike Brown to consider the Cavaliers as well. That worked out pretty well, as Brown committed to Virginia.
His early likeness towards the program was enhanced when he made an unofficial visit there earlier this year, prompting him to commit this past weekend.
“I just felt comfortable with the people around the program,” Jackson said. “I was just so comfortable with the coaches. I was comfortable with the players when I went down there. I think it could become home for the next 4 or 5 years.”
Former Rutgers Coach and current UVa Tight Ends/Special Teams Coach Mark D’Onofrio has known the blue-chip prospect for quite some time. The two have formed a good relationship over the past 4 years – a relationship that certainly helped UVa in this recruiting process.
“I’ve known Coach D’Onofrio since my freshman year,” Jackson said. “He has been recruiting me and we’ve developed kind of a friendship. I trust the guy and I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t tell me to be somewhere that’s not good for me you know. And Coach Poindexter – I met him when I went down. He seemed like a cool guy. He was a very well spoken guy such as [Head Coach Al] Groh. They seem like people who I can vibe with, people who I can get a long with and who accept me.”
Virginia’s 2004 season appears to have also had a hand in furthering Jackson’s interest.
“They’re a good team,” Jackson said of UVa. “Some teams are supposed to beat certain teams and they lose. Virginia is one of those teams that’s well disciplined and well coached and when they’re supposed to beat a team they beat the team.”
St. Peter’s Prep Head Coach Rich Hansen compares his star running back to “a T.J. Duckett or Ron Dayne when he was at Wisconsin.” What does Jackson feel his own strengths are?
“I’m physical, I’m smart and I’m easy to be coached,” Jackson said. “I’m real intense.”
If running back doesn’t work out, Jackson said he is comfortable playing defense. He plays inside linebacker in Coach Hansen’s 3-4 defense, so he has a lot of experience in the UVa system.
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