Louisville 'stands out' for RB Jackson

Delaware hasn't traditionally been a recruiting hot-bed for Louisville football program. But the Cardinals know all about Newark (DE) Hodgson's Jamaal Jackson - making an early scholarship offer to the standout running back.

Jamaal Jackson, a 5-foot-9, 165-pound running back, is already generating a lot of recruiting buzz and is racking up some impressive early offers.

"I have offers from Louisville, Michigan, Rutgers, and Boston College," Jackson said. "I am getting a lot of interest from Tennessee, North Carolina, UConn, Virginia, and a couple of other schools. I am wide open at this point, but the schools that stand out to me are the ones that have offered because they are showing more of a commitment than the others."

As for Louisville, Jackson said he maintains frequent contact with Steve Kragthorpe's coaching staff.

"I talk to the (Louisville) coaches every week so right now we are getting to know each other," said Jackson. "I didn't expect for them to be interested in me because I thought all they used were big backs. I am not that familiar with them but I guess things are changing with them. I have not gotten to see them play much except for the Louisville – Rutgers game."

Jackson rushed for 1,577 yards and 20 touchdowns on 161 carries as a junior. With his considerable skills in the offensive backfield, Jackson is being recruited exclusively as a running back.

"I think the thing coaches like most is my breakaway speed and my explosiveness," Jackson said. "I feel that there are several things I can work on and get better. But one thing I want to specifically will be breaking more big runs."

Jackson says he has not made any visits and no plans have been made to take any visits this spring due to responsibilities to both class work and his workout schedule. He plans to hit the road heavy during the summer to familiarize himself with prospective schools.

"My biggest thing is how I fit in with the programs, and also when I get there if I might have the opportunity to play early as a freshman," said Jackson. "And also if they run a pro-style type offense and if they run things like they do in the pros."

Don't look for a decision anytime soon from Jackson.

"I am going to have to think long and hard about my decision with my mother and my coaches," Jackson said. "I am going to take my time and make my decision after making my visits, but I don't know when that will be."

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