Strong Start To Senior Season Will Slow

Sometimes recruiting rankings really aren't the last word on a recruit despite what our local network would have you believe. A good example of this is Duke commitment Tony Jackson – just a two star recruit according to's database.

Of course those two stars probably seem a bit meaningless to Tony Jackson's opponents over the past two weeks. That's because the 5-foot-11, 180 pound Bishop Kearney High tailback has racked up an incredible 638 yards on just 35 carries through two games.

For those of you scoring at home, that's an 18.23 yards per carry average for the future Blue Devil. Of course that average is bolstered by touchdown runs of 49, 52, 70, and 88 yards, but that's little comfort to Bishop Kearney's foes.

Luckily for Midlakes High, Jackson was taken out of this Friday's game after being ejected for a personal foul in the waning minutes of Kearney's 42-16 victory over Waterloo. Something his head coach is not happy about.

"The ref said [Jackson] threw a closed fist," Kearney coach Art Carlisi said. "We do not agree with the call."

Jackson's stellar start to his senior season comes on the heels of a junior year that saw him rush for 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is a two-time All-Conference selection, and was selected by the Rochester Democrat and Chronicle All-Greater Rochester Football Team and first team All-State.

Despite his accomplishments as a running back in the Northeast, Jackson projects as a defensive back while at Duke.

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