Some prospects profess their love for Arkansas, but Razorback 2014 defensive tackle commit Bijhon Jackson of El Dorado has routinely showed his.
Jackson (6-2, 320) – either the first or second-best prospect in the state depending on the recruiting service – did it again on Monday by getting up at 3 a.m. to come to Arkansas' Elite Camp.
"It was just a good chance for me to work with my future position coach (Charlie) Partridge and learn a couple of things from him," Jackson said. "It was a great experience. I didn't have anything else to do today so it was just for the fun of it and I love it up here in Fayetteville. I come up here any chance I can get. I would come live here right now if I could."
This is the same guy who told defending national champ Alabama that he was honored by it offering him a scholarship, but no thanks.
"That was great, but Arkansas is just the place for me and so there is no use in anybody else wasting their time recruiting me," Jackson said. "I was already in love with this place, but when the new coaching staff arrived and told me they wanted me and I got to know them, well, no one else had any chance at that point."
Jackson is coming off a junior season in which he had 65 tackles, 6.5 for lost yardage, one forced fumble and one sack.
That was good enough to land him an invite to the U.S. Army All-American game along with his good friend Josh Frazier, the Har-Ber standout who is considered the state's other top prospect and who was born on the same day – Nov. 6, 1995.
Frazier has offers from a plethora of schools and an announced final five of Arkansas, Alabama, Georgia, Texas A&M and USC.
"We have a real good friendship," Jackson said. "I have been trying to persuade him to go ahead and commit to Arkansas, but he is just all over the place, getting some touring in and seeing what is best for him. In the end, I just hope he comes to Arkansas and be on the D-line with me."
With no other camps besides Arkansas' on July 19th in his plans, Jackson will be just working out in an effort to get stronger – which is likely scary for his opponents to hear since he is already a weight lifting champion.
"I am just going to stay in the weight room until we start camp in August," Jackson said. "I am so ready for it."
Josh Frazier and Bijhon Jackson
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