Tigers still eyeing RB Jackson

Nick Saban would like to sign one more running back in the 2005 class and R.J. Jackson of Houston (Texas) Westbury is the Tigers' top target.

Jackson (5-11, 200, 4.5) has had LSU high on his list since the spring and he will take his official visit to Baton Rouge this weekend. The visit comes at a good time for Jackson because the team will be in the middle of its preparations for the Capitol One Bowl and it will give him a chance to see Saban's troops in action.

"I've been looking forward to that for a while," he told Tiger Rag. "I want to hang out with the players and watch them practice. I want to see how the coaches conduct practice and how the players react to the routine."

LSU recruiting coordinator Travis Jones is in charge of recruiting Jackson and he has done a good job of setting himself apart from the other coaches Jackson talks to.

"He is real cool," Jackson said of Jones. "He is kind of a young guy so he can relate. As for coaches recruiting me he is my favorite one to talk to."

Some coaches have hinted that Jackson could move to receiver or safety but he is intent on staying at running back. With LSU's depth in the backfield is that going to be of concern for the nation's 10th rated ball carrier?

"They rotate their backs a lot and that is important," he said. "Some don't see it that way because they want all of the carries but not me. You have to more than one back and they know how to manage all of them."

As for official visits, Jackson has already been to Oklahoma State and he was scheduled to go to Texas last weekend. However, he rescheduled the Austin trip until some time in January because he was feeling worn out.

A week ago, Oklahoma State got the nod as having a slight lead for his signature with LSU and Texas tied for No. 2.

Is that still the case?

"Yes, that is still the case," he said.

Note: Jackson will get a special visitor Monday evening when Nick Saban makes his in-home visit with the Texas star.

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