Blue Devils Grab NY Defensive Back

Tony Jackson ended his recruitment on Friday by selecting the Blue Devils over interest from several schools. The 5-foot-11, 180 pound Jackson becomes the tenth member of the class of 2007 to select Duke.

Tony Jackson, a 5-foot-11, 180 pound athlete from Rochester (N.Y.) Bishop Kearny has committed to the Blue Devils.

Duke was the first program to offer Jackson a scholarship - doing so in May. Since that time the Blue Devils had continued to turn up the heat before finally earning the commitment on Friday while touring the Duke campus. He will attend the Blue Devils' practice tonight (Friday), before heading back to Greensboro, N.C. for a return flight to New York on Saturday.

"Duke initially offered me as an athlete," said Jackson. "But I got a letter that said if I were to select Duke and come in as a defensive back, then I will be the only defensive back that they bring in this year. That was really impressive to me."

Though he will enter Duke as a defensive back, Jackson hasn't ever lined up at that position.

"I do not play defensive back at all in high school, but that is the position most of the schools were recruiting me for. A lot of them wanted to see film of me playing DB before they offered."

The Blue Devils were chosen over interest from a number of schools including Notre Dame, Syracuse, Buffalo, Boston College and Northwestern."

Instead of ruling the secondary and helping the defensive unit at Bishop Kearny as a junior, Jackson spent his time terrorizing that particular region of the field. As his team's starting runningback, he rushed for 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Over the past two years, Jackson has amassed a number of honors including being named a two-time All-Conference selection. In addition he was selected by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Football Team and first team All-State.

Jackson becomes the 10th member of the class of 2007 to commit to Duke officially. He is yet to be evaluated by Scout.com's recruiting analysts.


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