It's hard to miss Tyler Jackson, Saxtons River (VT) Vermont Academy. At 7-foot 2, 285 pounds, Jackson is one of the biggest recruits in the class of 2015. He has a wing span of 7-foot 6 and a standing reach of 9-foot 3.
Jackson's game is improving on both ends of the floor. He uses his size to be a force on the defensive end and rebounds well. On offense he has the ability to scorer in the post with either hand and has range to 15 feet. With his growth spurt and changes to his body, Jackson is getting more accustomed to his new physique each day. These attributes have caused a few coaches to take notice.
InsideTheDawgPound caught up with Darrell Jackson to get the latest on Tyler's recruitment.
"He currently has an offer from Jacksonville University," Darrell Jackson told InsideTheDawgPound. "He also gets letters, calls, and texts from Lehigh, Loyola-Maryland, Xavier, Dayton, Longwood, Iowa, DePaul, Illinois-Chicago, Marquette, UNC-Greensboro, and Northern Kentucky. Valparaiso, Creighton, and Northern Illinonis continue to check in with his coaches."
Despite missing the spring evaluation period with an injury, Jackson is ready to make up for lost time during his high school season. The junior center is headed to a new school for 2013-14.
He is excited about attending Vermont Academy," Jackson said. "He will be playing with AAU teammate K.J. Santos and a group of talented recruits."
"We did have interest in Butler because of its academics, size, proximity to Chicago, and program under Coach Stevens," Jackson said. "Now that he is gone, we don't have much information on the new coach."
With the changes at Butler, offers to other 2015 centers, and an injury to Jackson's knee, the relationship between Jackson and Butler is in a wait-and-see phase.
"Because of Tyler's knee injury, he missed the April evaluation period," Jackson explained. "They told us that they offered three other big men and were expecting at least one, possibly two commitments. All were in the class of 2015. We appreciated their honesty. They will continue to monitor his progress in the event they are not successful in signing the other bigs."
Jackson averaged nearly 13 points per game last season at Nazareth Academy in LaGrange Park (IL) and the Roadrunners finished 13-14.
Butler has offered three centers in the class of 2015, Derrik Smits (IN), Sajon Ford (FL), and Nate Fowler (OH). Time will tell if Butler will turn to Jackson in the future. One thing is certain, he has the size to make an impact in their new conference, the Big East.