Q&A with Northside’s Dakota Jackson

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Northside (Roanoke, VA) senior tight end prospect Dakota Jackson was receiving serious interest from several other major FBS programs, but in March of this year he decided to end his recruitment and accept a scholarship offer from Virginia Tech. Jackson, who enjoyed a terrific offseason, is the subject of this latest “Q&A” feature.

Jackson starts at tight end and defensive end for the Vikings and has been a steady playmaker throughout his varsity career. Last summer, he further showed the ability needed to be a major Division 1 recruit when he performed well at camps at Virginia Tech and UVa. The biggest question those schools and others had concerned Jackson’s weight, which was around 215 pounds last summer.

Jackson worked hard in the weight room and weighed in at 245 pounds in February this year. On March 1, Virginia Tech became the first school to offer.

“He listened very carefully to what [the Tech coaches] said. He chose not to play basketball and put his concentration in the weight room,” Northside head coach Burt Torrence said in a March 4 article on TSL. “Dakota has really shown a lot of growth as far as strength.

“On the next level, they need physical blockers and good route runners who can catch the football. He has shown he can do those things.”

After posting a 6-6 record in 2008, Northside captured the Group AA, Division 3 state championship title in 2009. Last season, the Vikings went 9-2 including an early playoff exit at the hands of Brookville. This “Q&A” starts with Jackson answering how far he feels the Vikings can go in this, his senior season.

Q&A with Dakota Jackson

TSL: How far can your team go this season?

Dakota Jackson : I think we could go all the way again. Our offense has a whole lot more balance. Last year, we heavily relied on the run. This year, we have over 400 yards passing

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