Allendale's Jackson Combines Speed, Power

"Right now I'm just working out, getting ready for track. And I'm working on my agility for football camps coming up next month." – Hersey Jackson (Allendale HS)

It's early in the recruiting process, but Hersey Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 215 pound junior running back for Allendale (Mich.), has an offer from Cincinnati and expects to add many more. Last season he ran for 1,500 yards and scored 18 touchdowns — that's on top of logging some time on the other side of the pigskin.

"I played a little bit of D-end, but mostly this year I played running back," Jackson said. He certainly has speed, clocking a 4.8 in the 40-yard dash last summer. But his ability to play on the defensive line speaks to another dimension of Jackson's game — power.

"I think I do a combination of both (speed and power)," he said.

Signing Day 2009 is a distant sight, but recruiting never disappears for players like Jackson.

"Right now, I'm getting lots of letters from schools," he said. Some programs have even made visits. "A couple of weeks ago (quarterbacks) coach (Dave) Warner from Michigan State came to visit," Jackson said, adding the first time he met Warner was last summer. "He was really nice."

Jackson participated in Michigan State's summer camps last year and enjoyed the experience. "A lot of good people there," he said. "I like the coaching staff."

Jackson is currently preparing for track season, when he will run the 100 Meter, 200M, and 400M relay. His best 100 time last season was an impressive 10.98.

At this stage in the recruiting process mail is aplenty, and Jackson says everyone has a shot at landing him.

"I usually check out everywhere. I read everyone's mail to check out what they have to say, instead of just choosing people," he says.

But Jackson does have a preliminary list of schools he'd most like to see step forward with a scholarship. He says they're not "favorite-favorites," but he'd be thrilled with offers from Michigan State, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio State, though he mentions the current offer from Cincinnati as important as well. "Those are probably the main ones right there."

Jackson will be camping at various programs' junior days in the foreseeable future, beginning with Michigan State next week. In March he will hit Cincinnati early before ending the month with another possible trip back to East Lansing.

Stay tuned to GSN for updates on Jackson and other important in-state Spartan prospects.

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