Jackson just back from LSU

Houston (Texas) Westside running back R.J. Jackson (5-11, 200, 4.5) is back from his official visit to LSU and Tiger Rag caught up with talented back to see how the trip went.

"It went real good," he said. "I've been there three other times so I've pretty much seen everything. I enjoyed hanging out with the players and getting a feel for the environment."

Jackson had a trio of player hosts that included Craig "Busta" Davis, Joseph Addai and Bennie Brazell. Heading into his trip to Baton Rouge, Oklahoma State had a slim lead over the Tigers and Texas.

Did his stay on the bayou change the way he was leaning?

"Right now, I'd say Oklahoma State and LSU are tied," Jackson said. "The opportunity to be an every down back at Oklahoma State is appealing but I like the way LSU would utilize my skills by putting me out wide and basically playing me all over. I love LSU and the environment in Baton Rouge is great."

Since he already knew what LSU had to offer the main thing Jackson wanted to do on his trip was get a feel for what is going on with LSU head coach Nick Saban and his possible departure to the NFL.

"I didn't have to bring it up," Jackson said. "He came out and talked to me about it and basically said he has to do what is best for his family. He said he loves college football and if he doesn't take this job then I don't think he will take one at all."

Saban assured Jackson that if he does leave LSU the core of what makes the program what it is today will still be intact. That is something Jackson agreed with.

"He said if he leaves most likely the staff will still be there," Jackson said. "He set the bar for what is going to happen in years to come and I feel like if someone else does come in they will just continue what he started."

When asked if the head coach's departure would have an effect on his decision if it did indeed happen, Jackson replied, "It's going to have a little effect but not that much. As long as a lot of the staff stays and they run the same kind of offense that will be alright. That is Nick Saban though so it will make it a little different."

Since no one in the media has been able to talk to Saban about the possibility of him leaving and what those chances are we asked Jackson what he took out of the one-on-one discussions.

"I think he is going to stay personally," Jackson said. "You can tell he loves college football because you can change players for the better a lot more than you can in the pros. You can tell he really loves that part of the college game."

Tiger fans sure hope you are right about that one.

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