Under Lloyd Carr & co., the state of Florida had become somewhat pretty dry terrain when it came to plucking top high school talent to ship up north. Under Rich Rodriguez and the new staff, the Sunshine State has become a hotbed for getting speed and talent transplanted to Ann Arbor. Their pursuit of Mywan Jackson (5-11, 170) from Armwood (Tampa area in the west-central past of the state) is even more proof of that.
"Michigan is asking me to play defensive back. I can play quarterback, cornerback, runningback, kick returner, punt returner. Anything you ask me to play. I got everything."
As a junior quarterback Jackson rushed for over 1,300 yards and 15 TD's while throwing for 1000 yards and 8 touchdowns.
It's clear that Jackson has complete confidence in himself. However, confidence doesn't necessarily translate into on the field success. With Jackson, that isn't the case.
"The last I checked I had 18 offers. Michigan, Louisville, Auburn, and Illinois are coming at me the hardest right now" responded Jackson. "I don't have a top list yet, but come the end of summer I'll have one. And I don‘t have a timeline. My decision could push me all the way to signing day."
Visits a'plenty are planned for Jackson and his family as he'll make his way around some of the Big 10 schools, including a stop in Ann Arbor.
"I'm actually coming up to Michigan the 24th of July. I'll also be going to Illinois and North Carolina."
So the interest in the Wolverines is very apparent for this do it all talent. What is it that the Wolverines possess that sticks out to the young man?
"You've got to like the name and the school. You say the name Michigan and it just pops in your eyes that they're actually recruiting you. I'm looking for a good atmosphere, good academics, a good environment. Am I going to be comfortable staying there without my parents?"
Plucking talent out of the South has posed problems in the past for any school that resides in the North simply due to the distance. Jackson however insists it wouldn't be a problem should he choose to don the Maize and Blue in his college career.
"I grew up a fan of Miami. The whole family is just a Miami family. They're trying to push me there, but there won't be a chance for me to go there! Distance won't be a problem man. My mom will be able to watch me on TV, and she'll come up when she can."
Michigan is hoping to keep striking the iron while it's hot in terms of recruiting in Florida. A commitment from Jackson would certainly help keep the Sunshine State blue-hot.
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