Jackson Is A Wildcat

Glenbard North (Ill.) junior running back Justin Jackson becomes the second four-star in Northwestern's class of 2014. Check out why he chose the Wildcats inside.

Northwestern continues to secure verbal commitments of talented Chicago prospects, Tuesday four-star running back Justin Jackson pledged to the Wildcats.

"I think it was just a matter of time," Jackson joked of his commitment.

When Jackson told the staff, "they were ecstatic." And rightfully so, Jackson recently added offers from Cal, Mississippi State, Arizona State and plenty of other big name schools from all across the country.

"I really knew for a long time that it was one of the top places that I really wanted to go," Jackson said of Northwestern. "I love the coaches and the type of people there that are intelligent football players. And academics are important, that is what I really love about it."

He added, "It can set you up after football if it doesn't continues after college for you."

But that wasn't the only reason Jackson chose Northwestern.

"Also their football class and program is getting so much better, which is helpful as well," Jackson said. "Overall just the people that are there, I think it really is great because of the type of people there."

Plus, Jackson is a running back in Northwestern's eyes, something that was important in his college decision.

"They are recruiting me as a running back, that is really what I wanted to do -- I feel like that is my most natural position," Jackson said. "I do play defensive back but my natural position is what I love and that is what I want to play."

Plus, because of Jackson's familiarity with the Wildcats he is already pretty well versed in what will be expected of him on the field.

"We really haven't talked about situations, but when I did sit down with Coach Mac -- we went over every single formation, a lot of plays, what I envision myself as and I hope they see the same thing is a type of guy that can run the best routes and run the rock on first, second, third, and forth down if need be," Jackson said. "Pretty much an every down back, who can do it all."

Jackson joins fellow Chicagoland class of 2014 member Clayton Thorson in the Wildcat's class. Even though they don't play for the same team, you might be surprised how far back they go.

"Clayton is one of my good friends, I don't have too many friends from opposing schools but he is one of them," Jackson said. "We go way back, in 7th grade and we had a basketball team that was run through the same program and he was on the Wheaton team so we played each other everyday in practice. The rivalry goes way back."

But now, they will be on the same side of the ball, for the same team.

"Actually when I told him I was going to be going to NU, we both never saw each other as teammates -- we are excited to have that opportunity, we will be working together," Jackson said.

He added with a laugh, "It should be fun."

Even though Jackson isn't the only running back in Northwestern's class of 2014, he said that the competition is an added bonus.

"Everywhere you go you are going to have to compete. It depends on who is it is going to come from, every school has five or so running backs on their roster," Jackson said. "I think where there is competition that the team gets better. I think it's good, we just made that class that much better. I think it attracted me more to Northwestern more."

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