Huge Commitment for the Lakers

Grand Valley State picked up arguably their biggest verbal commitment of the year so far when a local star decided he wanted to stick close to home and be a Laker.

Grand Valley State just picked up a commitment from Allendale RB Hersey Jackson. The 5'11, 210-lb back was one of the state's best players over his four varsity seasons.

He missed nearly all of his senior season due to an achilles injury, which caused some schools to back off of him, but he previously held offers from Ball State, Toledo, Western Michigan and had interest from Michigan State, Iowa, Cincinnati and a host of other schools.

As a sophomore, he rushed for 1,700 yards, the as a junior, ran for 1,900 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Falcons assistant coach Jim Kelly has spent a lot of time with Jackson, both as his coach and mentor, taking him from camp to camp.

"The road wasn't easy, but he couldn't be more happy with his decision," Kelly said, "He gets to play with his best buddy Andrew Longo and to him, GVSU is the same as Michigan. He's never been a big schoool guy, to him, it's all the same. He's going to be close to home and they're ecstatic to have him and they took care of him financially."

GVReport will have more on Jackson in the near future.

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