Jackson Hoping to Make the Grade

Shrine Bowl defensive tackle Rashaad Jackson has been working hard in the classroom since he signed with the Clemson Tigers last February. Where does the star defender stand with his academics as his senior year draws to a close? CUTigers.com caught up with the future Tiger and we've got the latest.

DT Rashaad Jackson
6-2, 265, 4.9
Union High School
Union, South Carolina

With just a few months left in his senior year, Union standout Rashaad Jackson is trying to get a qualifying test score. "I've been trying to get these grades up," said Jackson in a recent interview with CUTigers.com. "I've been taking tests and everything. They are coming up but they are not quite there yet. I need to raise my SAT score."

The 6-3, 270 pound prospect struggled with a decision last winter as he tried to decide whether to sign with the Tigers or North Carolina A&T. "It's mostly about my education. I want to go where I'll get the best education," Jackson told CUTigers.com in early February.

The talented defensive tackle is hoping to attend Clemson in the fall, but if things don't work out, a backup plan appears to be firmly in place. "If I don't get the test score then I will go to junior college and then Clemson. Southwest Mississippi has written me and said I could come down and take some classes this summer," said Jackson.

Jackson is also working hard to make sure he is prepared physically for his college career. "I have a weight lifting class. Clemson sent me a book with a workout plan. I have been working out with the track team. I run with the sprinters and distance runners."

We will continue to keep you updated on this future Clemson star, right up through the first practice in August.

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