Iowa State Pursuing Florida Defensive End

St.Petersburg Gibbs (FL) High School defensive end Tim Jackson received a scholarship offer from Iowa State about a week ago. Cyclone Sports Report caught up with Tim to find out where his recruitment stands at the moment.

Cyclone Sports Report: What are your thoughts on getting an offer from Iowa State?

Tim Jackson: I was real excited because it's my first one from a Big 12 school.

CSR: Which coaches from Iowa State have you been talking to the most?

TJ: I talked with three of their coaches. Coach (Shane) Burnham is the one who called and offered me and I've also talked with his dad. Coach (Wally) Burnham told me that I could be Iowa State's version of George Selvie who he had at South Florida. I also talked with Coach Bray and he told me about how they had three senior defensive ends graduating so he stressed that defensive end was really a need position for them. He told me that I could come in and possibly make a strong impact early in my career.

CSR: Do you know any of the Iowa State players?

TJ: I played against Leonard Johnson when he was a senior and I was a sophomore. They made a goal line stand against us in the last few seconds to beat us by three points. I know he's a great player.

CSR: What other scholarship offers have you received?

TJ: Auburn, Indiana, Kentucky, Northwestern, Stanford, Tulane, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, FIU, Purdue, UAB, Louisville, and USF.

CSR: Do you have any current leaders?

TJ: I don't have any favorites right now. I would say everybody is equal at this point.

CSR: Have you taken any visits yet?

TJ: I took an unofficial visit to USF and I also attended the Florida spring game.

CSR: How important are academics in your decision?

TJ: They are real important to me because football won't last forever. I want to make sure I get an academic degree that will carry some weight in the real world.

CSR: Will you be taking a visit to Iowa State?

TJ: The coaches and I haven't discussed it yet but I'm sure it will be a topic of discussion soon. I likely will take an official visit there.

CSR: When will you likely make your final decision?

TJ: I'm likely to wait until the fall. I want to take all five of my official visits and then I'll probably decide in early December.

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