Running back very popular

There's a big debate about who is the state's top tailback this season. And while that debate continues, we caught up with the's current top Texas back, <B>R.J. Jackson. </B>

Asked about the in-state Aggies and Horns, Jackson said, "I'm willing to play anywhere. I remember back before I decided to go to (Houston) Westside High School, a lot of my friends and family wanted me to go to (Houston) Lamar because that's where they were going. I decided to go to Westside. So, location doesn't matter."

It indeed apparently does not because one team outside the borders of the Lone Star State has struck a chord with Jackson.

"Oklahoma State called me before anyone else on May 1st," he said. "They're looking real good to me right now. They told me if I was to commit to them, they'd stop recruiting running backs this year. That was really cool. They also offered T.J. Minor (Westside DL) and it would be cool to play with him."

Jackie Shipp, who recruits Jackson for OU, recently called the 5-11, 200-pounder and cleared up one of the questions the running back had by telling him that the Sooners are in fact recruiting him as a tailback.

"Coach Shipp said strictly tailback. He also spent a lot of time selling me on their academics, graduation rates, the program and everything else about OU."

Another school hard after R.J. has been Texas A&M. Coach Fran is working the Westside tailback very hard too. Jackson said the Aggies are pushing for a commitment. And while he'd like to take his time, he hasn't yet ruled out making an early pledge.

"I might take my time and take all of my visits, but I did say before that I would like to commit in the summer, sometime before the football season starts. I'll just have to see how everything plays out."

"The Miami coaches came by the school this past week and pulled me out of the classroom to talk to me," Jackson also revealed. "And that was exciting."

Dean: Think they're going to offer?

R.J.: I don't know. But it sure would be nice to get one from them too.

Dean: What about LSU?

R.J.: My mom really likes them, they're close and they don't redshirt their backs. I like that. So, I'm definitely looking at them.

Jackson said that the Longhorns have yet to offer, but he isn't too worried.

"I have some great offers. I even like Arizona. They recently offered and they're a team on the rise with Coach (Mike) Stoops. I also like UCLA and could play there. So, if the 7 or 8 schools that have offered were the only offers I end up getting, I'll be very happy with those and will have a very tough decision to make."

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