Shreveport (LA) Evangel Christian Academy defensive tackle Brandon Jackson was a one-time University of Arkansas commit, but that was early in his junior season and he made it clear he was a soft verbal.
Jackson (6-4, 270) eventually switched his commit to Texas A&M last summer, but has decided to try and be absolutely sure about one of the biggest decisions of his life.
That's why he is on an official visit to UA this weekend – a place his cousin Ramon Broadway has been a starting defensive back.
"What interests me about Arkansas is that it is a solid University with lot of traditions," Jackson said. "I talked with my cousin – who is a defensive back for Arkansas – and he has been expressing how much he has enjoyed the University and I told him I would come up and take a look.
"Though I am still committed to A&M, I just wanted to come up and get an eye on the campus and see what they have to offer," Jackson added. "I give thumbs up to Arkansas because they have great academics and great athletics and have a really good season every year."
Alabama, LSU and Baylor are also angling for late visits and trying to sway Jackson from his pledge to A&M.
He did see an early part of the Razorbacks' 47-19 win over Aggies back on Oct. 2 at the Dallas Cowboys stadium in Arlington.
"I got to watch a little bit of that game, but I was caught up with another engagement," Jackson said. "The little bit I did see, it was a dogfight for awhile. I enjoyed the little bit I saw."
No matter when Jackson lands, he is committed to being a force on and off the field.
"As far as going into my college career, what I feel like I can bring to the table is an athletic run stopper and someone with good feet who can also rush the passer," Jackson said.
"I also feel like I can save lives and do the best for the Kingdom of God," Jackson said. "I think I can bring a Tim Tebow effect with my beliefs in God and be able to establish some devotionals and cell groups around the campus of wherever I sign."
Razorback defensive line coach Bobby Allen is the lead recruiter for Jackson.
"Coach Allen's technique is similar to my defensive line coach," Jackson said. "I had a lot of questions I want to ask before I even think about swaying my commitment and committing to Arkansas. I'm here to ask those questions about playing time, depth charts and things like that."
Jackson is coming off a senior season in which he helped lead Evangel to a 13-1 state championship campaign.
That season started in Arkansas with a disheartening 37-36 loss at Shiloh Christian, but ended with an 18-13 win over River Ridge John Curtis.
A key part of that run was the Eagles defensive line, which also includes 2011 superstar prospect Jermauria Rasco.
"Our defensive line bonded a whole lot more this season than we ever had," Jackson said. "We had a lot of shoes to fill. After that Shiloh game, we actually just sit down and was like "this is what we have to do, we need to establish a brotherhood.'
"So we sat together at lunch, just bonded and from there on we played for each other," Jackson added. "Like our position coach said, we need to play for God and play for the guy next to us and that is basically what we did. I gave everything I had for the guy next to me and for God and they did the same thing."
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