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Exclusive: Darnell Jackson to Kansas!

Coach Bill Self lands his first commitment of the 2004 class in 6'-8", 230-lb power forward Darnell Jackson from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. <img src="http://media.theinsiders.com/media/site_logo/premium.gif">

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Phog.net is pleased to be the first to break the news that the University of Kansas has received a verbal commitment from Darnell Jackson, a 6’8 PF out of Oklahoma City, OK.

Information courtesy of Phog.net and Dave Telep

Dave Telep, "Darnell Jackson's committment is a great start for Kansas. Jackson gives KU an athletic, big man that come in and make a difference right away, and serve as a very nice complement to David Padgett and Wayne Simien"

Eric Bossi, "This is a great committment for Kansas. Darnell's stock shot through the roof this week at camp, and he had numerous coaches scrambling for information on him. His verbal is a testiment to the way he feels for Coach Self and the KU staff. This committment is important because now KU has one in the bank, and we can begin to get an idea of where they will go from here. For a coach in a new program, it's critical that he get that first committment, as it sends a message to the other recruits who are considering KU."

Just this week, Eric Bossi had this to say about Darnell at Nike Camp:

"I’ve been one of Darnell’s biggest critics over the last year because of how raw he is on the offensive end. But that is why I continue to watch players. Darnell deserves a ton of credit for how much better he is getting. He’s a legit top 50-75 in the nation type talent and is playing very hard in Indy. He grabs tons of boards and seems to at least get a touch of anything in the paint even when he can’t snatch the board. He is a solid defender who is learning to be patient and avoid silly fouls and he’s making tremendous strides on the offensive end. He’s at his best using his deceptive quickness and fairly explosive leaping ability to attack the basket but he’ll hit a few short jumpers. Stay tuned for more on Darnell tomorrow. He has a tremendous perspective on the game and he’s winning over a lot of coaches."

More on Jackson can be found here in Darnell's player profile.

Stay tuned to Phog.net for more info on this developing story.

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