The state of Michigan is without a doubt enjoying one of its finest seasons for recruiting. It is loaded with talent this year, but it looks like it may not be a one year phenomenon. There are a number of talented underclassmen that appear determined to make Michigan a mandatory recruiting stop for college recruiters.
Earlier this season, we highlighted Larry Caper, a sophomore RB from Battle Creek Central that had a great Michigan summer camp and carried that over into the season. This week, we saw another talented sophomore runner and camp star.
Hersey Jackson also impressed at camp this summer with his size (6'1, 210) and speed. He is a fullback for Allendale, but he will likely be recruited as a halfback. He could end up being a B.J. Askew type fullback, or a Mister Simpson style halfback. We only got to see him for a few carries, as thunderstorms cut the game short, but to that point, he had 136 yards on 4 carries including a 76 yard TD run. He also showed decent lead blocking skills as he sprung a teammate for another Allendale TD. My only concern with Jackson is that he plays at a smaller school in a smaller conference. But he'll get his chance to show his stuff against good competition at camps over the next couple seasons.
With the storm forcing us elsewhere, we were delighted to find that Ronald Johnson and Muskegon were playing right nearby. Eventually, the storm would follow us over and that game too would be called, but we got to see a full half of Johnson against Unity Christian. He had a great half as he was all over the field in run support making 10 tackles and forcing a fumble.
We'll continue to have updates on Johnson and we'll be back to see Hersey Jackson play. Either way, the state is looking strong for the future as Jackson and Caper both look like future stars.
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