Jackson discusses commitment

Ron Jackson may not be a big name in the 2007 class, but he had some big suitors. A strong senior season and a lot of upside had several programs taking notice. Despite having some top tier program still interested, the DE prospect ended his recruitment and pledged to the Wildcats.

"When I took my trip I just knew Arizona was the place I really wanted to go," Jackson said. "I followed my gut feelings."

The 6-4, 225-pound Jackson may be a tad undersized, but he makes up for it with good speed and great fundamentals. A strong senior season attracted a lot of interested from a guy who was not real well known at the start of the year.

"I have a good first step and good feet," Jackson said. "I use my speed and quickness to around blockers."

Jackson visited Indiana and had visits set up to Oklahoma and Tulsa, but pulled the trigger before making any other visits.

It was the Wildcats' late season surge that helped cement Jackson's desire to be a Wildcat.

"They are an up and coming team," Jackson said. "They had three straight weeks where they beat ranked teams. You can see them rising up. They seemed to have passed their stepping stone."

Winning football was no the only thing that attracted Jackson to the Wildcats. It was also the environment, the academics and the overall feel of the school and program.

"It was the whole environment," Jackson explained. "The weather was nice. They have good academics, especially business which I am interested in."

He was hosted by Donald Horton and also bonded with Terrell Turner and Cam Nelson. Like most Texas players, he was pleased to see so many other Texans on the roster.

"It is a real cool Texas connection there," Jackson said.

Jackson knows he needs to add weight to play. He feels that he can retain his speed and quickness at 250, but still "get thick".

Last year Jackson had 72 tackles, 21 for loss and five sacks for the Mustangs. He also forced three fumbles.

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