Arizona makes Jackson's final seven

Blake Jackson is one of the most highly recruited tight ends in the nation and now he has cut his list. How does he view Arizona? What other schools are involved? Read on for more.

Scottsdale Community College tight end Blake Jackson has programs from all over the country in pursuit of his services, and on Sunday he cut his list of potential schools down to seven.

"Right now I have a top seven of Arizona, Miami (FL), Arkansas, Oklahoma State, Georgia, Tennessee, and Missouri," Jackson said. "This will be the last time I cut it down until I make my decision. I'm planning on making all of my trips after my season ends."

With schools like Rutgers, Texas Tech, Purdue, Pittsburgh, and Mississippi failing to make the cut, the 6-foot-5, 235-pound sophomore-to-be discussed all of the schools still in the running for his services.

Miami: "Obviously is a great tight end tradition. I took a visit down there and I really like Coach Golden and his staff and the things their doing down there."

Arkansas: "They just came off having the Mackey Award winner. They have a great tradition with tight ends also, and I love their staff just as much."

Arizona: "It's home. They are also a great tight end school with Gronkowski just coming out. I went up there and met their staff twice and I feel really comfortable their also. That's a school I'm really looking at."

Oklahoma State: "Their offense is very explosive, and that's something that definitely intrigues me. I think they're going to be a team that contends for titles in the next couple years."

Tennessee: "Unfortunately they went on probation, but that's the school I loved growing up and the school I always dreamed of playing for. They have a great tight end tradition and that pro style offense is intriguing also."

Missouri: "They're a lot like Oklahoma State too, they throw the ball all over the place. They have the number one tight end in the nation right now in Michael Egnew and obviously I can see myself doing similar things and making the same kind of impact."

After tripping to Miami and Arizona earlier this summer, the three-star tight end will get out this fall to check out his other finalists that he has not yet seen in person.

"I'm going to Arkansas versus Tennessee on November 12th," Jackson said. "I'm going to Oklahoma State versus Oklahoma on November 3rd. I'm going to Missouri versus Texas Tech on the 19th of November. That's all I've got set up right now. I will have one visit left, which will obviously go to Georgia or Tennessee."

Jackson, who plans to enroll in January for whichever college he chooses, will not visit Arizona officially this fall, but will still be in attendance for one of their road contests.

"I've already been to Arizona twice before," Jackson said. "I'm planning on going to watch Arizona versus the (Arizona State) Sun Devils. I've been to the campus at UA twice, so I have a pretty good feel for it."

With a list of favorites named and the majority of his visits set, it's no surprise Jackson has a clear timetable for a decision.

"The plan is to decide on December 15th, but I'm not going to hold out any longer than I have to," Jackson said. "If I go to a school and I feel like it's the right fit, I'm going to make a decision happen. Right now, I'm thinking December 15th is when I'm going to make my decision."

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