2008 Intro: Ga. RB Dontavius Jackson

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the 2006 class was Ga. RB/Ath. Carlos Brown. Heard County high school in Franklin, Georgia is again home to a terrific running back prospect for the 2008 class in Dontavius Jackson.

Like Carlos Brown, Dontavius Jackson is an extremely polite young man and moreover, also, like Brown a year before him, intends on graduating early from high school to enroll in the school of his choice. Although possessing offers from Georgia Tech and Kentucky, Jackson grew up following Florida State. Dontavius has already visited a junior day at Georgia Tech, and he intends on also going to junior days at campuses relatively close to home, such as Auburn, Georgia, and FSU. He would like to visit other schools as well over the summer.

When asked by GoBlueWolverine if he was interested in the University of Michigan, Dontavius replied, "Yes, sir. I actually visited Michigan for the Central Michigan game and spoke with the recruiting coordinator there [Chris Singletary]. I really enjoyed the game. It's a really nice atmosphere up there."

When asked what interests him at Michigan, he responded, "They produce good players and put players into the league. You can get a really good education there and I really like the players that they have there."

Dontavius likes to model his game after pro-bowler and San Diego Charger LaDainian Tomlinson. "I feel like I have good vision, cutting ability and that I'm elusive. I can spread out and play wide receiver. I'm run with power and I feel like I'm an every-down back. I'd like to improve my break-away speed though. People like to compare me to Hershel Walker."

Jackson certainly displayed his skills on the field last season, racking up over ten yards a carry for a total of 2,462 yards and 29 touchdowns. Jackson also plays safety and recorded 74 tackles and 3 interceptions defensively.

At 5-foot-10.5, 195 pounds, and running the 40 yard dash in 4.5 seconds flat, Dontavius is not content with his current accomplishments and has set large goals for next season. "I'd like to improve our record next year and just do better. I want to get over 35 touchdowns and have a career total of over 6000 yards rushing."

It should be worthy to note that Dontavius helped lead his team to an undefeated regular season, the first in his school's history.

Although Dontavius enjoys having fun and messing around, his competitive nature helps him to get serious when it's time to get serious. He also works hard to prove himself off the field by lifting weights, staying in shape and out of trouble, and studying.

Although enrolling early, Dontavius does not intend on committing early.

He reports a 3.6 grade point average and he is currently wide open to all interested schools.

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