Jackson readies for visit to Baton Rouge

Edgard-West St. John running back Patrick Jackson (5-10, 195, 4.5) will take his official visit to LSU this weekend and when he leaves Baton Rouge he hopes to have an offer from the Tigers.<br><br>

LSU assistant coach Larry Porter paid a visit to Edgard on Tuesday to visit with Jackson and to let him know he has the full attention of the new staff.

"He stayed about 30-45 minutes," said Jackson, who was Louisiana's leading rusher this past season with more than 3,000 yards and 54 touchdowns. "We just talked about how I fit into their system and how he sees me as an every down back. The way he was talking made me believe an offer may come on my visit."

Jackson has been to LSU plenty of times over the years but he has certain things he is looking to accomplish on his upcoming trip.

"I really want to see what kind of opportunities the university can present to me in academics and athletics," he said. "I'm looking forward to getting to know the new staff more and to see how I fit in with the players."

The standout running back said he does not know a whole lot about new LSU coach Les Miles but he was impressed with what he was able to do at his previous job.

"At Oklahoma State he was a pretty good coach and I figure he will keep things going the way they were going at LSU under coach Saban," said Jackson, who is a full academic qualifier.

Once Jackson returns home on Sunday he figures to have a better idea of which school will give him the best chance to be successful at the college level. He said his finalists are the Tigers, Indiana, Duke, Tulane and Louisiana Tech.

"I have offers from everyone but LSU and right now I'm still open," he said. "When I finish all my visits I'll sit down and weigh all my options and then make a decision."

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