Focus 2004

Name the position and Jacksonville Fletcher's <b>Kyle Jackson</b> probably could play it – and play it well. The talented Jackson has already been offered by Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Central Florida and Tennessee. He expects the Gators and Seminoles to be among his finalists. Click here to read comments from Jackson as well as his high school coach, Joe Reynolds.

Name the position and Jacksonville Fletcher's Kyle Jackson probably could play it – and play it well.

"He can play safety corner, linebacker and wide receiver. You name the position and he can play it, including punter and kicker," Fletcher head coach Joe Reynolds told TheTerritory.

"He's the second best player that I have ever coaches. The best was (Ciatrick) Fason, who is playing for Florida. He (Jackson) is a national recruit. Coach Zook called me on my cell phone and offered him last September. South Carolina offered him right after last year's spring game."

The 6-foot-1, 190-pound Jackson admits he grew up a UF fan but quckly stresses that doesn't mean he will end up in Gainesville. In fact, Jackson, a three-year starter, has already been offered by Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Georgia Tech, Central Florida and Tennessee. He expects the Gators and Seminoles to be among his finalists.

"I want to play," Jackson told TheTerritory. "Just because Florida is my team I don't want to sit behind a freshman that I know will start before me."

It goes without saying Jackson is quite the talent.

Last season as a junior, Jackson had nine interceptions and 160 tackles from his safety position. He has been clocked at 4.5 in the 40 and was an all-conference, all-district and second-team All-First Coast selection last season. Jackson also boasts a 3.4 grade-point average.

"My strength is reading the play before it happens," Jackson said. "I look at the formation and it pretty much tells me what play they are going to run. It's knowing the game of football."

When asked what he will be looking for in a school, Jackson didn't hesitate.

"I'm looking at school-wise (academics) and secondly, if the head coach really likes me and if there's a chance to start or where I stand as an upcoming freshman how will I come in?," Jackson said.

"Will I be sitting behind two people or how that comes about? I'm looking at all the Florida teams. Miami hasn't really done anything but Florida and Florida State have been recruiting me. I'm looking at South Carolina also. I would like to stay in Florida but I'll go out of Florida if there's a better chance elsewhere."

Jackson's preparation and "knowing the game of football" could carry over into his professional life once his athletic days have ended.

He wants to be a college scout.

David Peters contributed to this report.


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