Arizona offers tight end

Arizona continues to offer numerous players and one of its latest offers has already made an impression.

After a freshman season at Scottsdale Community College that earned him All-ACCAC honors after he hauled in 33 passes for 540 yards and nine touchdowns, tight end prospect Blake Jackson has seen his recruitment heat up as the summer approaches.

"I've got quite a few offers right now," Jackson said. "My most recent offers are Arizona, Purdue, and Tennessee. Right now Arkansas is recruiting me pretty heavily along with Purdue and Miami. The process is really just starting with me, and I really want to take my time and make a decision for me."

The offer from Arizona is less than a few weeks old, but it has wasted no time in establishing a relationship with Jackson and letting him know how he would fit into the UA offense.

"I'm being recruited by the offensive coordinator and tight ends coach Seth Littrell," Jackson said. "He's a great guy and I was excited to hear from them, so we got off on the right foot. I liked how they plan to use me in the offense in comparison to the other tight ends they have like the Gronkowski brothers."

A Gilbert High School graduate, Jackson is starting to sort out the programs that are pursuing him and has a few schools that are starting to stand out above the others.

"I like Arkansas, I went there and had a great visit and had a great time," Jackson said. "I felt a great relationship with the coaches there, so they're definitely high on my list. Tennessee and Miami are schools that I always dreamed about going to, and obviously Arizona is home for me."

Although the 6-foot-5, 235-pound sophomore's recruitment with Arizona has just begun, he ranks the Wildcats amongst his favorites due to the home-state advantage.

"I really haven't named a top five, but Arizona is a school I will consider," Jackson said. "I could stay close to home and where I have lived for a while."

In fact that advantage may pay off soon, as Jackson isn't sure he'll make many trips this summer but knows Arizona will likely get a visit.

"I plan on visiting UA sometime this summer," Jackson said. "I probably won't be able to take any other unofficial visits out of state."

While on that visit, he'll have a chance to view for himself the factors that he considers to be most important to him when making a choice in a school.

"I want to get a degree that will translate to the real world," Jackson said. "Obviously the offense has to fit me, and I want to feel comfortable with the coaching staff as well."

Although he expressed interest in taking his time in his recruitment, Jackson did admit that he'll be looking to end the process sooner rather than later.

"I would like to make a decision as soon as possible," Jackson said. "I can't take official visits until September 1st, so I'm sure it will be soon after that. I'm really excited to commit to my school and get in there and start making an impact."

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