Jackson nearing first offer

Mayfield linebacker Jonathan Jackson is preparing for his junior season for the Cardinals. Last season he carried his team to a state championship and a 15-0 record in class 1A. Now Jackson could be nearing his first offer.

Mayfield linebacker Jonathan Jackson is preparing for his junior season for the Cardinals. Last season he carried his team to a state championship and a 15-0 record in class 1A. Now Jackson could be nearing his first offer.

Last week Jackson and some of his teammates received a visit from Kentucky offensive line coach Mike Summers and he talked to them about their opportunities at Kentucky.

"He just expressed his interest," said Jackson. "He was telling us he wants us to attend the camps this summer and set up a date and time for a visit sometime in the near future," said Jackson.

Jackson doesn't yet have the offer from the Wildcats, but it's not that far out of reach for the 5-foot-11, 200-pound linebacker.

"I think (Kentucky is) close to offering," he said. It would be a dream come true, especially as my first offer. I'd be humbled by it and would continue to work hard, if not harder," he said.

Jackson, a native Kentuckian, knows about the Wildcat program and has positive thoughts about the opportunity to play there.

"I love UK. I'd be more than happy to go there. They have a great program and their academics are really good also," said Jackson. "That's the first thing I'd look at before making a decision as to where I'd attend college for four years of my life. That's a really huge decision," he said.

But Kentucky isn't the only option for Jackson. He's being recruited by a handful of other programs as well.

"Right now UK is showing the most interest. I've heard from other schools, though, like Notre Dame, Oregon, Nebraska, East Carolina and a couple of recruiters from Miami (Oh.)," he said.

Jackson plans to participate in a several camps and combine during the spring and summer months. He will also go to camps at Kentucky, Michigan and Notre Dame.

"I'm just looking to improve my technique and fundamentals and becoming a better overall player for my team," he finished.


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