Jackson Rising in the Ranks

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Jamar Jackson ’s spectacular off-season continued this past weekend, when he earned a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech. It was the latest of major D-1A offers for the Varina standout, who enjoyed a very successful May Evaluation period.

“I was expecting it after the performance I had,” Jackson said of the VT offer. “I really showed my skills on the one-on-one drills. But I was real happy Virginia Tech offered me.”

Jackson, who measured in at 6-3 ¼, 220 pounds, and ran a 4.3 in the shuttle at Virginia Tech, is now up to seven official scholarship offers. Ball State, Duke, Syracuse and Temple have offered officially. As have Boston College and N.C. State, both of which came during the Evaluation period.

Jackson has really developed physically this off-season, a big reason why he has received this attention.

“I’ve gained about 20 pounds,” Jackson said. “I was about 195 pounds at the end of last season. I played safety last year. Most schools are recruiting me to play outside linebacker/hybrid defensive end type of player. I think my body will develop into defensive end size on the next level…I think I’ll end up as a defensive end. ”

Where is Virginia Tech recruiting him to play?

“Virginia Tech’s coaches told me they really don’t know what they’re recruiting me to play,” Jackson said. “I think it’s probably linebacker or d-end. I guess they’re recruiting me as an athlete because I’m versatile.”

Jackson had visited Tech before last weekend’s camp, so he says he’s familiar with the surroundings and the coaches.

“I went to the Miami/Virginia Tech game last year, so I had already seen the campus,” Jackson said. “I really like the coaches and stuff.”

As for a decision, Jackson does not seem close to one right now.

“I think I want to take my time because it’s going to be a hard decision,” Jackson said. “Everything’s kind of up in the air right now. I really haven’t had a chance to talk to my parents about potential favorites. All of the schools look real good right now.”

As a junior last season, Jackson racked up over 50 tackles including seven tackles-for-loss. A good athlete, he had played basketball up until this off-season.