Arkansas' apparent top tight end target was here in the spring for a visit and he and his very large friend are feeling the love for the Razorbacks.
Scottsdale (AZ) Community College standout Blake Jackson (6-5, 235) said Monday night that he and defensive tackle Mike Pennel (6-5, 345) can't wait for their official visits to Fayetteville on the weekend of Nov. 11-13.
That's when head coach Bobby Petrino's squad will be hosting Tennessee and the two mid-term graduates.
"I loved it when I was there this spring," Jackson said. "I love Coach Petrino's offense, the way there are some many options for the tight end and just the atmosphere there. They had the Mackey Award winner (D.J. Williams) last season so that just shows you how they are with tight ends. It's a great place and at the top of my list. Big Mike loves them, too."
Jackson –who has 14 offers - is coming off a freshman season in which he caught 33 passes for 540 yards and nine touchdowns for the Fighting Artichokes.
He has a final seven schools of Arkansas, Arizona, Oklahoma State, Missouri, Tennessee and Georgia – all who have offered.
"I have visits lined up to Arkansas to see them play Tennessee, to Oklahoma State when they play Oklahoma (Nov. 3) and Missouri when they play Texas Tech (Nov. 19)," Jackson said. "I will also go see Arizona play one of their home games and either go to Georgia or Tennesee for my other visits.
"I had also been looking at Miami, but there is too much going on down there now," Jackson added.
Jackson has a plan in place to have his decision made by Dec. 15th, but that might change.
"If I get to a place like Arkansas or Missouri or Arizona and decide it's the right place, then I would go ahead and commit," Jackson said. "I'll just see how it goes."
Pennel, who has offers from Arkansas, Arizona State, Washington State, Ole Miss and UTEP, will accompany Jackson on the trip.
Pennel – also slated to graduate in two years – had 10 tackles for lost yardage last season.
"Big Mike is just a Beast, in fact he's got that on a tattoo," Jackson said. "He's looking at ASU (Arizona State), Ole Miss and Washington State, too, but he really loves Arkansas."
The Fighting Artichokes finished 6-4 last season and are poised for a banner 2011 campaign according to Jackson.
"Undefeated – that's our goal," Jackson said. "We've got our quarterback back, we've got me to make some plays and we've got Big Mike and the defense. I think we have a shot to be great."
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