For some Iowa Hawkeye football fans who pay keen attention to the recruiting process, the last few weeks of January are their favorite time of year. That is when a few rocks get overturned and some new names generally come onto the scene.
Last week, we told you that Iowa had offered a new defensive tackle in Vernon Jackson of Florida. Earlier this week, we reported that he would be visiting Iowa City this weekend, and it's expected that Vernon will commit to Iowa, as the Hawkeyes are his leader.
Today, in the HN Clubhouse ‘Members Only' forum, we told you about another Jackson who could be making his way to Iowa City this weekend; Tim Jackson of Texas.
Tim plays for Class 4-A Everman, Texas and he was tabbed as his District's MVP for 2004.
The 6-foot-3, 180-pound Jackson is being looked at as a wide receiver, but when one looks up the type of season he had this year, you find that he had just 12 catches for roughly 250 yards. You also notice that he had nearly 90 carries and averaged nearly 10 yards per rushing attempt.
"We don't throw the ball very much, so he played wing back for us," said Everman coach Dale Kealing. "He is really a receiver, but in order to get him the ball in our system, we handed it to him. So he is really not a running back, but we did get him the ball. He had 87 rushes for 847 yards."
"But he will play wide out at the next level, there is no doubt about that. I know its hard to find much on him, but he is a real good football player.
Being named district MVP in Class 4A in Texas is no small feat, as nearly 300 players will go to Division 1 programs this year. Kealing feels that there are a few reasons why Jackson flew under the radar, but that he is still a great player.
"I think one of the reasons he has gone unnoticed is because we don't throw it that much, so he does not have great stats, other than looking at the number of touches he had and getting more than 10 yards every time he touches it. But he is definitely a good player." Kealing said.
"He is real, real physical. He played cornerback for us as well; he never came off the field. I think Iowa is looking at him as a receiver. I think he is capable of player cornerback at the next level, too. He is just a special kid. "
The name of Tim Jackson (4.5 forty-yard dash, per Kealing) has not been bandied about for the last several months like many of the prospects who will wind up in Iowa's class of 2005.
"He did not have the test score until recently, then he got a good one, so they (Iowa) got real interested. That was within the last three weeks. (Iowa assistant coach) Ron Aiken has been recruiting him and he has been down here several times this year." Kealing said.
"TCU is the only school that has offered that I know of. I am assuming that he might get an offer this weekend, but I do not know for sure."
With TCU as Jackson's lone offer, Kealing felt that the Horned Frogs might be the last school that his star player visited this year.
"I am surprised that he is going to Iowa to visit, because his mother is here and he is pretty close to her, but I think it will be good for him." Kealing said.
"What I tell Tim, like I tell all of our players, is that they have to go and check it out and they have to make their own decision; that is what part of growing up is all about. He is like all the rest of the kids…they are unsure and they don't know what they are going to do."
Kealing also added that Aiken pays him a visit every year.
"Coach Aiken is just a real class individual," Kealing said.