Jackson Fits The Part For Arkansas

Hayesville, La., middle linebacker Kendrick Jackson talks about his official visit to Arkansas this weekend and how he can see himself getting playing time for the Razorbacks in the SEC as a true freshman.

Haynesville, La., middle linebacker Kendrick Jackson may very well attend the U of A, but it won’t be the one located in Arizona.

Jackson (6-1, 240), who led his team to a second consecutive Class 1A state title in December, confirmed that Sunday after finishing up his official visit to the University of Arkansas.

"I’m going to reopen my recruitment,” said Jackson, who had 118 tackles with 24 stops for lost yardage as a senior. “I’m not with Arizona anymore.”

Jackson will decide between Arkansas and a pair of in-state schools in Louisiana Tech and Louisiana-Lafayette.

“A couple of days,” Jackson said of the timing on his announcement. “After I talk to my brothers. I’ll talk to my mom and my brothers.”

Arkansas head coach Bret Bielema made it clear how much he wants Jackson and how he would be able to play early.

The Razorbacks have plans to move Brooks Ellis to outside linebacker and have sophomore Josh Williams and Jackson play in the middle.

“He said basically that I can come in and make an impact on this team,” Jackson said. “I would love to come play as a freshman in the SEC.”

It’s clear to see that the Razorbacks made quite the impression on Jackson, who was asked about the favorite part of his visit.

“The facilities, the coaches, the fan base and all of that,” Jackson said. “Everything, honestly. The fan base, probably. They’re crazy. They already knew me when I came. I felt special about that.”

He noted that he felt like a rock star.

“Yes sir,” Jackson said. “It makes me really feel at home.”

Current Arkansas freshman linebacker and fellow Louisiana native Dwayne Eugene was his host for the weekend.

“He was telling me about how he had the opportunity to come up here and it was a good fit for him,” Jackson said.

Arkansas assistant coach Michael Smith has been Jackson’s chief recruiter.

“He’s real cool,” Jackson said. “Ever since Day One, he’s been there.”

Jackson also was aware of new Razorback linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves before he arrived in Arkansas.

“He was recruiting me when he was at Houston, so I kind of knew him already,” Jackson said.

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