Jackson All Clear

Former East Ridge H.S. graduate Richard Jackson is now officially a member of the Knights football team. After transferring from Notre Dame and committing to UCF, Jackson was given clearance by the NCAA today to begin competing immediately for the Knights.

The former East Ridge receiver was named 1st Team All-Central Florida, 1st Team All-Area and 1st Team All-District after accumulating over 500 receiving yards, five touchdowns and six interceptions as a senior. Scout.com had him ranked as the 63rd best receiver in the nation and was an ESPN top 150 player as well.

Jackson contributed right away as a freshman at Notre Dame on special teams and missed the 2007 campaign with an injury. He was a granted a hardship waiver to transfer to UCF in order to be closer to home. Jackson chose UCF in order to be closer to his family for personal reasons.

With starting receiver Kamar Aiken out for several more weeks due to a foot injury and the receiving corps playing inconsistently, this possession receiver can help UCF immediately and might be available for the Knights' game against UCF, although it is likely the team will bring him along slowly and use him against Boston College two weeks from now.

At 6'2", 200 lbs, Jackson is a physical receiver who brings tenacity and a nasty streak to every game. He is a talented blocker, and is willing to make the tough catch over the middle. Some have compared him to former Notre Dame receiver Jeff Samardzija.

If Jackson can get into game shape quickly and get a grasp of the offense, his addition will surely help a young but talented UCF receiving unit.


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