The University of Missouri has produced some quality TE prospects over the years including several All-Americans and NFL caliber players, most recently TE Michael Egnew, who was taken in this years draft.
Tight End is a position the Tigers are looking to fill for their 2013 class, and Lovejoy (GA) prospect A.J. Jackson 6'6" 240 4.69, is a target they are after who seems to have a similar interest back in them.
ShowMeMizzou.com caught up with Jackson to find out about his offer, recruitment and feelings on the Tigers.
"I think it's awesome!," said Jackson of the Missouri offer. "The Missouri coach (Alex Grinch) was at my school last week and wanted to let it be known to my coach in person that I have the Missouri offer. I like Mizzou. I like how they throw the ball to their tight ends, the offense they run, and it gets better with them joining the SEC……I plan on taking a visit up there sometime this summer coming up. I have to sit down with my family and talk about it, but sometime around the second week of June is when it was discussed about an unofficial visit there."
Jackson, who holds offers from schools such as Auburn, Arkansas, Georgia Tech, NC State,Clemson, Mississippi State, Michigan State, Virginia, and Purdue among others, placed the Tigers high on his list of schools he is currently thinking about.
"Right now my top 4 would be Virginia, Missouri, Auburn and Clemson. Those are the schools recruiting me the hardest that I like and are considering the most at the moment,"said Jackson.
The athletic TE described himself as a player that can go up and get the ball if it is thrown in his direction, but also someone who blocks well and likes to block for his running backs.
"I can catch the ball and would prefer to play in an offense that throws to the tight ends. I can line up wide, in the slot or up close and block for my runners. I like doing it all."
Jackson has already visited Clemson and Ole Miss, and he says that distance from home will not be a factor.
" I just want to find the school that is right for me. It doesn't really matter where it's located if it has everything I want and I can get my degree in Sports Medicine. I would like to make a decision by the end of summer,"said Jackson.
ShowMeMizzou.com will keep you updated on Missouri's recruitment of A.J. Jackson.