R.J. Jackson and La Fell are a package deal

The departure of the Southeastern Conference's leading rusher, Ciatrick Fason, to the NFL draft has opened up the Gators recruiting board in the backfield for a possible taste of the Lone Star State. They say things are bigger in Texas, but that might only be the case for running back R.J. Jackson's statistics.

R.J. Jackson, a 5-11, 200-pound tailback from Houston (TX) Westside, played for the victorious West team Saturday at the US Army All-American Bowl Game. The next step will be a visit to Gainesville on Jan. 28.

"I've been in contact with Coach Meyer and he seems like a players coach," Jackson said. "I enjoy watching his offense and hopefully, I can be a part of that."

It has been rumored that Jackson is an extremely close friend of fellow Texan wide receiver Brandon La Fell. La Fell, a 6-3, 175-pound four-star receiver, could be a package deal with Jackson.

"We've talked every day this week, because he thought I was going to make my decision at this game," Jackson said. "We are going together to visit Florida, and he really loves Florida."

It seems as if Meyer's offensive system has left a lasting impression on recruits nationwide and this duo is no exception.

"He really wants to play in that system and they were recruiting him when he was at Utah," Jackson said. "I love Meyer's system personally and they run the same thing I ran in high school. It would be easy for me to flourish there and adjust, but the main thing I'm looking for is a comfortable environment."

Jackson's ability to thrive as a dual threat is proven by his senior year statistics. He rushed for over 700 yards (nine yards per carry), had over 800 receiving yards (20 yards per catch) and totaled 34 touchdowns.

Jackson is fully qualified and lists Texas, Florida, Oklahoma State and LSU as his final four choices. The Gators will have the final crack at Jackson and La Fell on the 28th. The final battle is likely to be a faceoff between Oklahoma State and Florida as both schools are recruiting LaFell and Jackson.


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