Jackson "ecstatic" he's qualified

Former high school All-American Charles Jackson decided despite not getting academically qualified in 2011, he would forgo the junior college route and work on his academics. It paid off, as the Texas product informed Big Red Report he's been cleared by the NCAA.

After failing to qualify academically for the 2012 season, former Scout.com No. 2 cornerback (2011 class) Charles Jackson has been cleared by the NCAA.

"Today is the day that I'm actually qualified," Jackson (Klein HS) told the world in a Twitter update.

The 5-foot-10, 175-pound corner was an Army All-American a year ago. He finished his senior year with 73 tackles and three interceptions, despite most teams throwing away from the Texas product.

"I'm just glad I made the right decision and kept hanging in there," Jackson told Big Red Report late Tuesday night. "I'm ecstatic."

Fox Sports will have more on the breaking news on Wednesday, but until then, here is a scouting report from National Recruiting Analyst Greg Powers.

"There has never been any doubt about Jackson's ability to be an aggressive defender who will come up from the corner spot and make sure tackles and with his size and long arms. There was some concern about him being able to be the type of player you could put on an island and let him lock down the other team's best receiver one-on-one and he answered those questions by dominating at the U.S. Army Bowl." - Greg Powers

Josh Harvey has covered college football and recruiting for Fox Sports & Scout.com since 2008. He is now the Publisher of Big Red Report, covering Nebraska athletics.
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