Coaches taking notice of RB Jackson

LSU is hoping to bring one more running back in to join Antonio Robinson in the 2005 signing class and there is a new name on the Tigers' board. <br><br> Patrick Jackson (5-10, 195, 4.5) put up some huge numbers in 2004 but it took longer than he anticipated for college coaches to acknowledge his talent.

After leading the state in rushing with 3,018 yards and 54 scores the interest and offers have picked up considerably for the Edgard-West St. John back.

"In my 32 years of coaching he is the total package," said West St. John coach Laury Dupont. "His greatest asset is he has vision like a scat back but runs like a fullback."

Jackson has always been an LSU fan but the Tigers focused more on the high-profile out-of-state guys early on. Most of the guys LSU targeted have opted to go elsewhere or lost interest so now the focus has shifted to Jackson.

LSU will get a crack at picking up a commitment from him when he takes his official visit on Jan. 21 and he hopes to have an offer in hand by then.

"LSU was close to offering but all of this stuff with coach Saban and Miami put things on hold," Dupont said. "I think if coach Saban leaves he is going to leave it up to the new coach but right now we just don't know what is going to happen."

Tiger Rag asked Dupont if his star running back did get an offer from the Tigers would he give them a pledge?

"He was kind of disappointed because LSU didn't come in on him until after the quarterfinal game," Dupont said. "If they offer I don't know what he will do but I know he is going to be a great back for someone."

So far Tulane and all of the state schools have offered Jackson a scholarship and Ole Miss is on the verge of putting one on the table.

The big question is will LSU do the same?

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