Jackson took his retest in early December and recently received his updated scores. Unfortunately, he had no change on his ACT score and only a slightly higher SAT score. Neither score was high enough for Vanderbilt's standards. The SAT score was only short by 20 points.
Jackson will see if Vanderbilt will accept him with the improved SAT score. If Vanderbilt doesn't, Jackson has many options. He will visit Maryland soon and is in contact with Wake Forest. Jackson also has offers from Akron, Connecticut, Bowling Green, New Mexico State, Ohio and Temple. Tennessee and Clemson have also expressed an interest in Jackson.
Another factor that could arise besides test scores is Jackson's plans for beginning his college life. If Jackson wants to participate in the spring semester at Vanderbilt he might have difficulty gaining admittance even if Vanderbilt accepts him with the close SAT score. The same issue could arise that has reportedly been the issue with J.P. Prince. When VandyMania spoke with Jackson in December he indicated that he would report to Vanderbilt in the fall if he made a qualifying score on his tests, however his response did not seem convincing, "If I do go to Vanderbilt I'm probably going to go in August because it may be too late for me to get in … if I do go to Vandy and make that a solid decision I'll go in August." He also indicated an interest in starting college during the spring semester.
The loss of Jackson would be significant for Vanderbilt. Although Jackson is currently rated a 2-star Scout.com prospect, recruiting analyst Miller Safrit, who evaluates prospects for Scout.com, attended a combine at Fork Union in December and reported rave reviews for Jackson by college scouts present. He also stated that Jackson could see his star rating increased to four stars.
VandyMania also recently spoke with Westside High School head coach David Daniels. Jackson played for Daniels at Westside before graduating and heading to Fork Union in 2006. Daniels spoke highly of Jackson, "He was a running back for us. All around great athlete; he returned punts, returned kickoffs, played in the secondary some when we needed him. He works hard at what he does . . . he can do so many things athletically . . . they [Vanderbilt] want to convert him to a cornerback . . . he rushed for about 1,500 yards and 24 touchdowns, returned 3 kickoffs back for touchdowns and intercepted 3 passes . . . all the major schools were recruiting him. The University of Georgia, Central Florida, UAB, Tulane, Alabama, Mississippi State."
Will Kareem Jackson be a Commodore? Stay tuned to VandyMania.com for updates.