GIDEL: Jackson Fighting to Qualify

University of Kentucky signee Jamaal Jackson is not cleared to play and enroll in the fall of 2005 just yet. According to our source, Harvey Simpson at Georgia Football News through coach Clay Hill.

"Clay Hill confirmed there was some initial problems with the clearing house's acceptance of college prep courses in which Jamaal had been enrolled," Simpson said in an email to Scout.com. "They won't accept any classes that have "vocational" attached to it even though there are courses that both college prep and vocational students take that are credited to whichever path of education they're pursuing."

Jackson, who was considered to be the biggest diamond in the rough of the 2005 football signing class is now awaiting word from the clearinghouse.

"Apparently, Jamaal had some classes that fell into that category," Simpson confirmed. "Clearing house officials did say that if the Crisp County High principal would write to them and support the explanation local guidance counselors had previously given them about the dual courses they would accept those courses as college prep subjects. This was done about 7-10 days ago and Hill said school officials are still awaiting a reply."

The 6-foot-4, 220 pound linebacker/defensive end is expected to help immediately upgrade the position with the departure of upper classman Chad Anderson and Dustin Williams. Jackson was a question mark on eligibility from the onslaught and was expected to grayshirt if his eligibility is not granted this upcoming season. He would then enroll in January after doing the necessary means in the fall.

Andre' Henderson Update

Few players needed to excel at the Akron combine more than Andre' Henderson from Lexington Christian Academy in Lexington (Ky.). The standout wide receiver/tight end, who stands 6-foot-5 and 206 pounds, ran a 4.8 forty and a 4.4 shuttle, causing many to turn some heads.

"Not much difference has happened since I came up there," Henderson said of the Akron camp. "I've talked to a few schools that I was already talking to."

Henderson comes highly recommended by Lexington Christian head coach Paul Rains, who describes Henderson as a tall athlete with long arms, who jumps very high. The talented multi-sport star also plays varsity basketball. He was All-State, All-Region and All-District as a junior wide receiver/safety.

He currently lists Louisville, Kentucky and West Virginia among his favorites.

"An assistant from West Virginia called and they sound real interested," Henderson said. "I'm going to there camp for a day to work with them."

Henderson was at Kentucky over the weekend, and hoped to make it over to Louisville for 7-on-7. He's considering both schools and hopes more camp showings turn into his first offer.

Hatchell to camp at Kentucky

Arguably one of Western Kentucky's top talents, there isn't much Josh Hatchell can't do. Unfortunately he's only 6-foot-2 and most colleges are scared away. He's been proving his worth anyways on the camp circuit already and is hoping his performances might lead to his first offer.

"Josh had a great day at the Western Kentucky Combine," father and coach, Anthony Hatchell said, "He did not run the forty due to a strawberry on his hip from baseball."

Hatchell recently finished the baseball season as an All-Region 2 Selection from Caldwell County.

"He is going to make as many senior camps as possible starting with Kentucky (this past weekend)," the elder Hatchell said on his son. "He plans on visiting UL, Cincinnati, Alabama, Arkansas and Western Kentucky also this June."

The senior Hatchell recently accepted the principal's position at Mayfield High School. His son, Josh, will be headed to Mayfield as well.

Josh is arguably Western Kentucky's top linebacker and one of the state's more intriguing story lines. "He's getting some big time calls and interest right now," Hatchell said of his 6-foot-2, 240 pound son. "Arkansas, Louisville, Western (Kentucky), Eastern (Kentucky), UK, and Alabama have all been sending a bunch of stuff and have contacted me, plus the Ivy League schools are all over him because of his grades."

Last season, Josh Hatchell had over 110 tackles at the linebacker spot, playing in every game since his sophomore season. The rising senior also starred at running back, rushing for over 950 yards, in leading Caldwell County for the second straight year.

"He's been leading our team in every defensive statistic, except interceptions, since his sophomore season," Hatchell said. "He's a smart kid with great instincts and he just has a nose for the football. College coaches like his decision making more then anything else right now. He's got great hands, is strong, and is a great weight lifter."

Hatchell is fully qualified and holds a 3.8 GPA.


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