Pack Pride has documented over the last few weeks that NC State would like to take a fullback in the class of 2008. The position has proven to be crucial in offensive coordinator Dana Bible's system and with Pat Bedics set to graduate after the 2007 season, the Pack will be quite thin at that spot headed into next season. However, State took a step towards addressing those needs when they extended an offer recently to bruising RB Colby Jackson from Trinity Christian in Dublin, Ga.
The Wolfpack has reestablished Georgia as a key recruiting region and Jackson has become one of that state's most productive running backs. At 6-2, 225 pounds, the senior has tremendous power and strength but shows impressive wiggle and shiftiness for a player his size.
So far this year Jackson has ripped off an eye-popping 1,832 yards rushing on 131 carries- averaging nearly 14 yards every time he touches the ball. He's also amassed an amazing 31 touchdowns during Trinity's 7-1 season. Perhaps equally impressive as his gaudy rushing stats is the fact that Jackson also leads the Crusaders in tackles with 70 total stops.
All of that production led to NC State extending an offer to Jackson recently. It was his first and fulfilled a lifelong dream at the chance of playing major college football.
"State actually offered me last Monday," said Jackson. "They faxed a written offer to my coach. I was overwhelmed by it and just so excited. It was probably the biggest news of my life. You work so hard to get that and it finally pays off. I was just excited."
Jackson has yet to visit NC State but he'll take care of that in the near future. But he did appear to be impressed with what he's already heard about the Wolfpack program.
"Coach McCollum has been recruiting me and I've had a chance to talk to him a couple of times," he said. "They like me pretty much as a fullback. I'm coming up there for a visit this weekend. But with State, they're in the ACC and from what I hear, they have a great school. They also have a great weight room. I have a friend, Thomas Barnes, who plays up there and he's from Dublin. Me and him are good friends so that's really nice."
In addition to NC State, Jackson is also receiving interest from Louisville, Air Force, Georgia Southern, Auburn and Georgia. For now, he is taking a wait and see approach to his recruiting.
"There are no top schools right now," he said. "The main thing is I just want to play college football ,so I want to leave all my options open.
"It's definitely something I will have to discuss with my family. It's where I'm going to spend the next four years of my life so it's a very important decision. It's going to boil down to where I go and feel the most comfortable, so for now, I don't think I can really give a timetable for a decision."
Stay tuned as Pack Pride will have more on Jackson after his visit to NC State.