Vernon Jackson Commits to Iowa

Though it was extremely cold and snowy in Iowa City on Saturday, that did not stop Sunshine State resident Vernon Jackson from committing to the Iowa Hawkeyes. spoke with Jackson at halftime of Iowa's basketball game against Purdue to bring you the late breaking story, with quotes from Jackson...

The Iowa Football team has received another commitment as defensive tackle Vernon Jackson gave Iowa his verbal commitment. staffer Jason Miller called and confirmed the commitment at halftime of Iowa's home basketball game against Purdue after speaking with Jackson.

Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 260-pound lineman from Evans High School in Orlando, Florida, should be one of the final pieces of the 2005 recruiting class.

"I committed to Coach Ron Aiken and the rest of the Hawkeyes yesterday. I look forward to being a Hawk. I am going to come early in the summer to start training." Jackson said.

When did you arrive in town?

Friday at about noon. I noticed the snow and ice; it is a bit different than Florida. This is the second time I have seen snow. The first time was last weekend at Illinois State.

What are some of the things you like about Iowa, the coaching staff, and players?

I like everything. The thing I like right off was the weight room and strength coach. Coach Doyle is a great guy and he makes a big impression on you. Then, I love Coach Ferentz. He is a great guy and is down to Earth. He makes you feel right at home.

Did you know of your host before you got here (Ettore Ewen), both of you being from the same general area of Florida?

Not really, but I saw him once on TV. He has been a good guy to have with me because we have a lot in common.

Jackson said that he has everything taken care of with regards to the classroom and test scores.

We will follow up with Jackson once he returns home from his visit this weekend to learn more about Iowa's latest commitment.

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