The reason for his visit was probably two-fold. First, one of his better friends and current commit to Missouri, Chris Brooks was invited to take a look at Nebraska, the Huskers trying to woo the wideout to the big red. Second, Anthony Jackson up to this point at least, has been fairly off the radar. This was his way to get on it with a bullet. Now, what's the chance that he and Brooks might become future players for the Big Red?
There's little anticipation as
defensive tackle, Anthony Jackson makes his trip up with good friend, Chris Brooks. He's excited, but the excitement is tempered by both an even
disposition, plus the idea that Nebraska could be just the beginning.
Up to this point, the 6'4"- 320
lbs. defensive tackle has gone at least to the bigger schools, unnoticed. Much
of that Jackson
surmises that while his season at Hazelwood was progressing, so was he. "During
the first part of the year, I just wasn't that good." Jackson said. "I was
having problems getting up-field and going side-to-side."
"Towards the end of the year,
though, I was having a pretty good year and doing a whole lot better."
Better to the tune of around 50
tackles from the interior defensive position, including one sack, plus Jackson recovered 2
unfortunately had an effect on the landscape of his recruiting. "The schools
looking at me right now are just smaller schools." Jackson said. "Southwest Missouri State, Tennessee-Martin, places like that are the
ones that are coming after me."
With that being the case, you
might think that Jackson was at least a little surprised when
the Huskers had him come up with top 25 receiver, Chris Brooks. "Yeah, I was a
little bit, but I was keeping a pretty level head about it." He said. "I just
went in thinking that I am going to take a look, see what it's like and talk to
the coaches to see just how serious
Jackson got the gist of that when the coaches
said that at this point they were willing to offer him what is called a
"greyshirt", meaning that he would have a scholarship, but not one that would
start right away. "They just told me that like the first year or semester, I was
like a walk-on, but after that, I would have a scholarship."
That idea, even in the light of
full offers from the smaller schools still remained intriguing. After all, no
offense to the aforementioned programs, the comparisons would seem obvious.
"It's what you expect of a program like that." Anthony said. "Big stadium, lots
of new facilities going up, just all kinds of stuff the other programs don't
Ok, so that's it. Jackson has an offer,
albeit a partial one and it's from a markedly larger program than any that has
shown serious interest thus far. It would be a no-brainer that he should be a
Not quite as the Nebraska interest got Jackson to thinking and since he's not the type
to rush into anything, now is the time he wouldn't mind sitting back and
watching what happens. "If Nebraska is there, maybe someone else will
be." Anthony said. "A full offer is a full offer and that's really what you
want. You never know, but if Nebraska was interested enough, maybe someone
else will be to."
That goes with common sense and
who could blame him for waiting for a full-ride rather than taking a
fractured-one from NU. There is one other factor yet that might come into play.
What's Chris going to do?
You hear about it all the time,
players that say that ideally, they have a friend or even teammate that they
would like to play with in the future. That usually ends up being some type of
thing that kids are supposed to say, both ultimately going their own way, saying
that it would be nice, but it wasn't going to effect their decision.
This time, it might actually be
"Yeah, we have talked about it a
lot." Anthony said. "We talk about it like it would be cool, but I wouldn't mind
at all. It'd be cool for us to go to the same school." A recent interview with
Brooks echoed those sentiments, so that what seems ideal, might be the idea that
both has for the future.
Brooks does remain a commit to
Missouri, however, a school that hasn't crossed
the path of Jackson to any major degree. It's not to say
wouldn't end up there, but for right now, his options are probably as open as
they have been in awhile.
"I want to see Chris make the
decision that's best for him." Jackson said. "If he decides he wants to go to
yeah, I'll definitely think a lot more about them. I'm thinking a lot about them
as it is."
Brooks said to us in our
interview with him that a decision for him could come as early as the first week
of January. If that's the case, Jackson's could come not long after. Anthony
isn't committing to anything just yet, though, especially committing, because
now thanks to the visit to Nebraska, he's trying to keep his options and
his hopes up in the air. "We'll see what happens." He said. "You don't know what
can happen, so until things become a lot clearer, I'll just take it as it