Jackson being patient

The Hightower program in Sugar Land (Tex) is loaded this year with talented players, just like most years. One of those players holding an offer from Nebraska is Harvey Jackson. At 6-foot-2.5 and 195 pounds, he's a safety with solid run support and good coverage skills. Find out the latest in this update with Big Red Report.

With D-1 talent all over the field, big things are expected from safety prospect Harvey Jackson and his teammates this year. But according to Harvey, that's the usual at a program like Hightower.

"I guess you could say we're stacked, but we still have to prove it on the field. Our school always has talent though. We have four or five guys on defense with division one offers so far. I've got offers from Baylor, Houston, Rice, SMU, Stanford, Utah, Oklahoma State and Nebraska."

One of those teammates is 4-star linebacker Shaun Lewis, who also holds a Nebraska offer. Harvey was asked if both have legitimate interest in the Huskers.

"Yeah, I got that Nebraska offer early my junior year and I have interest. The offer just came out of nowhere, then I talked to the head coach once and then coach Ekeler once. I know they have a lot of tradition, but that's about all I know right now, other than what I've seen on television.

"I think Shaun likes them too. We are going to try to hit some of these schools this summer, we are trying to hit everywhere, probably Nebraska too. I need to talk with Shaun about it. If I can't get up there this summer I'd like to take an official there."

Do you guys see yourselves as a package deal?

"No, not really. He has to do what is best for him and I have to do the same. We've talked about it, but nothing ever too serious."

With all that talent on the roster, Harvey talked about the defensive scheme Hightower runs.

"We run a couple different types. A 4-3 and some 4-4, we run some man, cover 2 and cover 4 behind it. Just a lot of stuff. And I play both safety spots, strong and free."

Several college coaches have also stopped by his high school in the last few days to watch spring practice, including one from the Huskers.

"Yeah, we've had a lot of coaches coming by school. I saw coach Carl Pelini here today now that you asked. He watched us practice for awhile before he left. I think he talked with our coaches too."

Now with a lot of attention coming his way from college programs, Harvey was asked to describe himself as a player on the football field, but he first mentioned some off the field attributes that make him the player he is.

"I study the game with a lot of tape, I like to know what's coming my way. I work hard in my off time, and I guess I use that to my advantage. I try to bring leadership to the field and stay focused. On the field, I'm good at run support and I can cover the back end. I have real good vision and can see the field good."

And when it comes to recruiting, Harvey says he's taking things slow right now and doesn't see a commitment coming anytime soon.

"All the teams are equal to me right now. I need to get out and see some of the programs that have offered before I decide. I hope to do that with my visits this summer. But I might wait and take some officials too. I'm not in a hurry."

Here are a few more tidbits on Harvey Jackson. He said there wasn't any one particular offer he was waiting on, and even though he watched a lot of college football growing up, he "just never had a favorite team". Harvey also mentioned that compared to other schools, "Utah is definitely recruiting me the hardest right now". Big Red Report will continue to bring you the scoop on the recruitment of Harvey Jackson.

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