Shreveport (LA) Evangel Christian junior defensive tackle Brandon Jackson was very excited about getting an offer from the University of the Arkansas recently.
So excited, in fact, that Jackson (6-4, 252) committed to the Razorbacks – well, sort of.
"I am somewhat committed," Jackson said Monday afternoon. "I guess I didn't full out commit, but I told them I was really interested in Arkansas and to keep an eye on me because I think that is where I want to go."
Jackson, a cousin of current Arkansas cornerback Ramon Broadway, got to take in the Razorbacks' 30-23 win over Tulsa in person in October.
"I've seen a lot of games, but that atmosphere was just great," Jackson said. "The fans are ridiculous supportive in a good way. That's the kind of fans you want to play in front of. I also really liked the landscaping around campus. It's a beautiful place."
Jackson, who had 113 tackles and six sacks this season, was one of the keys in leading Shreveport Evangel to a 12-2 campaign.
It began with a 47-9 thumping of Class 4A Arkansas champion Shiloh Christian and ended with a 2A state championship game loss to John Curtis.
"I felt really good about how I played, knowing that had more tackles than last year and improved," Jackson said. "I think my pass rushing is the strongest part of my game, but I need to get better at being a run stopper."
Arkansas is the first school to step up with an offer although Kansas State, Texas Tech, Texas A&M, Ole Miss and Arizona are others already showing interest.
"There have been quite a few that are starting to recruit me and I feel very honored by that," Jackson said. "I am especially honored that Arkansas has already offered."
Jackson expects to hit the camp circuit pretty strong this summer.
"I am certainly going to try and make it up to Arkansas and want to go to about five camps," Jackson said. "I want to do whatever I can to get better for next season."
Jackson is very proud of what Broadway accomplished this season as he moved into the starting lineup for the Razorbacks, who close the season with a win over LSU.
"I am very proud of him and our whole family is so proud of him to see where he came from and where he is now," Jackson said. "It's an inspiration to everybody."
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