"I just got done talking to Coach Nussmeier, and need to reschedule my visit with MSU," responded Jackson. "I'm looking to visit MSU on the 27th of January or the first part of Febuary," added Jackson.
"To tell you the truth, I am a little down on MSU right now." Why is that Mark? "Well, at first, they were recruiting me as a defensive tackle, but now they are looking at me as a offensive linemen," added Jackson in a dejected tone.
Does he realize that many of the players John L. Smith recruits are looked at both sides of the ball, or at least two positions? "No, I wasn't aware of that," said Jackson.
I asked him then if he had a leader at this time? "My main three are Minnesota, West Virginia, and Michigan State. But, Minnesota and West Virginia are at the top because they are recruiting me as defensive tackle," stated Jackson.
Normally it would be a little surprising that a school would ask a kid to possibly play another position in mid stream. Some may think it's a little surprising that MSU, which was recruiting Mark as a defensive tackle early on, are changing their tune, especially in lieu of the fact they are in desperate need of tackles. Until... you take a closer look.
Mark needs to understand Smith's policy at looking at players at two positions. Also, with the lost of Chris Morris, you would think that Jackson, who was an excellent center in high school, would like to get on a collegiate playing field early and play at his best and natural position.
Smith, a great evaluator of talent, is actually doing these kids a favor by seeing them at multiple positions. Hopefully for MSU, Mark Jackson will realize this.