Toby Jackson Deciding Among Five

Standout defensive end Toby Jackson of Navarro (Texas) College was in a good mood as we spoke to him after he returned from an official visit this weekend to Central Florida. The 6-5, 250-pound pass rusher deluxe said the visit gave him something to think about.

"It went really well and I enjoyed myself," said Jackson of the visit. "The togetherness of the coaches stood out. They are all cool and really laid back, not like a lot of coaches that are trying to be out there. They are all family guys and Christian men and that was good for me. They are a unified group."

Jackson was coming off a stellar effort in the recent Citizens Bank Bowl where Navarro defeated Butler County (Kan.) C.C. 13-12 to win the NJCAA national championship. In the game, Jackson earned the Defensive MVP honor by making six tackles, 2.5 tackles for 16 yards in losses, and two sacks for 15 yards in losses.

"Yes sir, I played a pretty good game but I started off slow," said Jackson. "I had a fractuce two weeks before the game and I was dealing with turf toe too.

"I got tired fast, but then when I got my second wind in the late second quarter and the second half I was able to make some plays that helped my team out, some big plays. I did think I left two or three sacks out there. There were a couple of times where I was close to the quarterbacks and could have made a play but the guard or tackle would chip me."

Jackson played well all season and coming out of Navarro and before that Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va., he is deciding between five schools. He has now visited Central Florida, North Carolina, Baylor and Alabama. He is scheduled to visit Oklahoma State next weekend.

"I am supposed to," said Jackson of the visit. "I need to see if I do and if that is still a go. I need to talk to my coaches and family and see if that is still a go at the end of the week."

Jackson said he is still very much up in the air on what he is going to do.

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