Miami defender likes Wildcats

Last season Kentucky worked hard to get into more homes in Florida. The effort paid off when they landed highly touted running back Brandon Gainer. Now Gainer's acquisition could pay off again with a good friend.

Last season Kentucky worked hard to get into more homes in Florida. The effort paid off when they landed highly touted running back Brandon Gainer. Now Gainer's acquisition could pay off again with a good friend.

Miami Central High (Fl.) is one of the stronger programs in the state of Florida. The Wildcats signed star running back Brandon Gainer from that school and now they are in the running for linebacker/defensive end Dwight Jackson.

Jackson had a strong season for Central with 75 tackles and 20 sacks last season, which caught the eyes of several coaches. "I think I played well. We made it to the semi-finals. I played exceptionally well," he said.

As a rush-end, one obvious strength would have to be pass rushing for Jackson. "I go after the ball," he said. "I need to work on my patience. I like to go, go, go. I don't slow down," he said. "I need more patience. I need to work on containing the outside. If it's a run, I'll blow it up. If it's a screen to my side, I'll go to the quarterback instead of the running back," he said.

Jackson got a chance to show his abilities at camps of two of Florida's top football programs. "I been to Florida and Florida State's camps. I went to South Florida and Central Florida too. I was supposed to go to Auburn and Alabama, but it got cancelled," he continued.

"I did well at the camps. Florida said they were going to offer me. They said I'd be hearing from them. I did well at FSU too, but they have too many guys at my position," he said.

So which schools have offered? "South Florida and Central Florida have offered," said Jackson. "Kentucky offered me," he said.

So what does the Floridian know about UK?

"I like the Wildcats. I've always liked them. I like the royal blue. Brandon Gainer (UK incoming freshman) is my best friend," he said. "When I take my visit up there, we'll see how it goes. My coach just put my highlights up and he thinks a lot of coaches will be after me," he said.

But is Kentucky a factor and will they get a visit?

"Oh yes. I think I'll go there first. They've really been after me," he said.

So what will be Jackson's make focus when visiting and comparing schools? "First of all, the education comes first. I'm looking at that. The surroundings and the environment are important," he said. "Also will I be treated fairly and will I get to play? Will my parents get a chance to see me play? It's a lot," he said.

Jackson doesn't plan on making a decision before the middle of his season.


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