Jackson Switches Verbal to UK

Eugene (OR) Marist HS star running back Brandon Jackson, a one-time California verbal, has changed his verbal commitment to the University of Kentucky after an official visit over the weekend.

"Brandon's the kind of kid that doesn't come around very often," said Marist Head Coach Rory Rosenbach to Scout.com. "He starts both ways for us (cornerback on defense) and he's just a playmaker. He moves around for us on offense and plays the slot and running back. Wherever we put him, he makes the plays. I think he can do well doing either at the next level. He catches the ball really well. He's 200 pounds and he's a big enough kid to take the hits at running back. He benches and cleans over 300 (including 25 reps on the bench at 185) and squats over 400."

Jackson's speed helped lead him to 1st team All-State selection as a junior at defensive back and cornerback. He's also known for his track skills, running an impressive 10.9 in the 100 meters last season.

"Brandon ran a 4.5 with a few schools in workouts but he's also run below that with us," said Rosenbach.

Besides California and Kentucky, Jackson had also received offers from Washington, Boston College, Oregon, Oregon State and Boise State.

Jackson doesn't simply excel on the gridiron but he's strong academically as well, with a 3.0 SAT along with a 1575 SAT score

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