WR Recruit Analyzes UM/FSU Game

Richard Jackson has started his season on a high note. His team is 2-0, ranked among the top 10 teams in Class 6A, and he's caught 11 balls including two touchdowns.

"Everything's straight with me right now," Jackson said. "The season's been going well. Things will get tougher as the season goes along but I'm ready. Nothing's getting in our way."

Richard Jackson, 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, emerged as one of the state's top wide receiver prospects after a huge junior season and a strong spring. He's already started to enjoy the recruiting process.

"I took an official visit up to Pittsburgh last weekend," he said. "I really liked the city, the campus, the stadium, and all that. The only thing is, it got kinda cold at night and I'm used to the weather down here when it's always hot. I liked the visit a lot though. They're going in the right direction."

Jackson, a full academic qualifier, watched the Panthers take on one of his other favorites -- Notre Dame. He talked about the Irish.

"I was impressed with them," he said. "They looked real good, came out fired up and ready to play. It took a little while for them to click with the receivers but then they got it rollin. I got a visit set for them on the 14th of next month when they play Southern Cal. That should be a great atmosphere and should really give me a good idea of what it's like there for big games like that."

Jackson has one other visit scheduled and that's to Miami, who was his childhood favorite. He talked more about the Hurricanes.

"I've always liked Miami," he said. "They're right up there. I got a visit with them set for the 24th when they play Colorado. They called on the first day (September 1) and have been recruiting me hard all year. I just wanna get down there and check everything out, make sure I like what I see and everything."

Unfortunately, Jackson may not be able to make that visit. His team plays at Lake City Columbia the night before and the long drive may be too much on a tight schedule.

"Either way, I'll visit them at some point," he said. "I'll definitely visit Miami."

Jackson, who also plans to visit Georgia Tech, claims written offers from all of the schools mentioned already. He also offered up his thoughts after watching the UM/FSU game on Monday night.

"I saw it on TV," he said. "It was an exciting game as far as the score and everything but both offenses had a tough time, especially early in the game. It was real sloppy but I'm glad we won. Kyle Wright looked real good, though. He was sacked nine times but he kept bouncing up and he was really throwing some strikes late in the game. He stood in there well and showed that he has what it takes to be a great quarterback someday."

While Miami was considered the early favorite to land Jackson, now the talented receiver is keeping his options a little more open.

"The more I think about it, the more I realize that all of them kinda have their ups and downs," he said. "I'll take these visits and then figure out what's best for me. Until them, I'm just gonna keep a close eye on what I see from each team."

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