Pelini says Jackson is in shape

Former four-star cornerback Charles Jackson hasn't played football since January of 2011, but Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini says he looks good.

Former 2011 high school All-American Charles Jackson is eligible and according to Nebraska head coach Bo Pelini, it's not out of the question the freshman could make an impact this season.

"He's had a great summer and physically he's in great shape," said Pelini. "How he picks it up mentally, how mature he is, how he handles the transition into practice and everything – we will see.

"On the surface he's a talented young man."

Jackson was not cleared by the NCAA Clearing House in the summer/fall of 2011, but chose to forgo the junior college route and work on his academic situation.

In May, shortly after qualifying, Jackson told Big Red Report he was in shape and felt he could make a push for playing time if he worked hard and was patient.

"I do the same drills that I was doing in high school," said the former No. 2 cornerback in the country. "I have been working out my whole life, so why stop now since I have had a piece of success? I took a step forward, but it has't stopped me from moving forward – I'm still on my grind.

"I've picked up some drills. I do a little Youtubing and saw some stuff during the NFL combine that I can do. I have the knowledge to stay in football shape...I run all the time. I still have my backpedal and the hard core drive."

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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