Brian Jackson Delayed

Hoover H.S. (Ala.) cornerback Brian Jackson is one of the more talented defensive backs in the southeast and is high on the Knights' radar. UCF is also a favorite of Jackson's, as the Knights have several factors that Jackson is looking for in a college. Jackson was slated to take his official visit to UCF this upcoming weekend but uncontrollable circumstances have forced Jackson to change plans.

"I thought my dad and I would take a trip to UCF this weekend, but there was a car accident amongst my family, and we had to delay things. My dad called Coach Collins to let him know because there isn't much we can do right now," said Jackson.

UCF would have been Jackson's first official visit, but now he will regroup and take a look at what works best for him.

"I'll hopefully get to go to UCF soon. My dad wants me to take visit to several schools though."

Along with UCF, Oregon, Oklahoma State, Tulane, and Miami (OH) have offered Jackson, and he is also receiving strong interest from Vanderbilt. The last time Inside Knights talked to Jackson, he didn't give an official list of favorites, but he said that the Knights were definitely standing out to him and that they were certainly amongst his top schools.

"Not much has changed since then," Jackson told "It's pretty much the same, I am going to look at all the schools. I have done my research on UCF and have looked at their history."

One factor UCF has in its favor is Pat Miller, Jackson's teammate and fellow corner back. Miller also has offers from UCF, Oregon and Oklahoma St., but the Knights seem to be at the top of his list.

"Pat really wants to go to UCF. We'll probably go to the same place unless something drastic happens. Going to the same school is something we really talk about."

If UCF could land the Hoover tandem, the program would be well set for corners for the coming years, as the Knights would have two hard-working individuals from a fine program who also have a knack for taking over games.

"We won our first game over Gardendale 27-7. I think we are going to be pretty good this year, the defense is shaping up and the offense is starting to click. A lot of people were worried about the offense, but I think we'll have the ability to put a lot of points on the board. I thought I did well on Friday. I finished with six solo tackles, three assists and an interception."

Not only is Jackson a stellar athlete but he has an excellent academic background. Contrary to rumors circulating around message boards, Jackson has a terrific attitude in the class room and wanted to dispel some of the gossip.

"I don't know where that started. I have all "A's" so far in high school and two "B's". I also received a 100% on an English paper from one of the hardest teachers in the school, I'd like to see a lot of people pull that off."

Combining smarts, excellent athleticism and a fun-loving attitude, Jackson will be a hit wherever he goes. He will take his time making a decision, which might be delayed more because of his setback visiting UCF, but as long as he eventually gets down to Orlando, it will certainly be worth the wait.

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