Jackson ready to use new locker rooms

Arkansas commit Bijhon Jackson said he is ready to be using the locker rooms in the Fred W. Smith football center.

Arkansas commit and El Dorado defensive lineman Bijhon Jackson has another year of high school football, but he said he was ready to move into the Fred W. Smith football center after he saw it.

Jackson, 6-foot-2, 330 pounds, was able to see the new football operations center when the Arkansas football team was introduced to it, a little more than a week ago.

"It was nice," Jackson said. "It was the players' first time to see the facility, along with all of the recruits that were there and I got to see the expression on the players' faces when they saw the new things.

"The locker room they were in wasn't bad, but the locker room they are in now is among the best of the best and is as good as it can get, really. Just seeing their expressions, it was like little kids on Christmas. It doesn't get any better than that.

"I don't think I've seen anyone else's locker room, but Josh Frazier from Springdale Har-Ber told me that it was the best that he's ever been in and he has been all over the place, so that meant a lot. I can't wait to get up there and get in that locker room."

Jackson said early in his friendship with Frazier (6-foot-3, 310 pounds), he was trying to get the fellow defensive linemen to join him in an Arkansas jersey, but said he has backed off on recruiting him since then. He said he doesn't want to deter Frazier from Arkansas by recruiting him too much.

"As far as persuading him to come to Arkansas, I'm not doing that so much really," Jackson said. "We just have more of a friendship type thing, right now. At first, I recruited him a lot, trying to get him to go to Arkansas, but I didn't want to try too hard and end up pushing him away, so right now, it's more like a friendship.

"We talk every now and then and tweet at each other all the time. We're really close, like brothers really. We were born on the same day, so we are really close and I think that will help a lot with his decision in the end."

A key in potentially keeping Frazier close to home could be defensive line coach Charlie Partridge. Jackson, who has said his top five list is "Arkansas, Arkansas, Arkansas, Arkansas, Arkansas," said Partridge is one of the reasons he remains firm in his commitment to the Razorbacks.

"It's been awesome talking to Coach Partridge and everything," Jackson said. "Coach Partridge is really cool and all of the players really like all of the coaches really, but I've talked to some of the defensive linemen and they tell me how genuine Coach Partridge is in how he treats people and how he takes care of the d-line. That's one of the reasons I made my decision and it's a reason I don't think I'm going to change my mind."

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