As much of the recruiting focus shifts to the rising seniors in the class of 2009, the players that signed with NC State last February are just weeks away from arriving in Raleigh. Pack Pride will catch up with several of the signees over the next several weeks to see what they’ve been up to since signing day as well as their plans once their career with the Pack begins. Today we check in with fullback Colby Jackson from Trinity Christian High School in Dublin, Ga.
Colby Jackson finished off his high school as one of the top running backs in Georgia although his season was cut short due to a season-ending knee injury. He still managed to rush for 2,597 yards and 42 touchdowns en route to Georgia independent school’s offensive player of the year and all-state honors.
First off Colby, how is the knee doing and where are you with your rehab?
“It’s doing great. I’m back to probably 100% in my opinion but probably not in the doctor’s opinion. He released me to run and lift weights and get back in shape and work to get back in my rhythm for football again.”
What was the rehab like and what were some of the things you had to do to get back to where you are now?
“I did a lot of flexibility exercises for the knee and the tendons. I did a lot of work with the ropes that just help you get the flexibility back in your knee- getting it to be able to fully extend. Then, they released me early to start running and training again so that’s what I’ve been doing for about two weeks now. I started this week doing side to side movement.”
What did the doctors have to do to repair the tendon in your knee?
“They actually took part of my hamstring to use to help rebuild the tendon in my knee. It actually feels stronger now than it did before.”
Since you’ve come so far in your rehab do you think it’s possible you could get some playing time as a freshman?
“I sure hope I can contribute because that’s what I’ve been working so hard for is to try to come in and play in some kind of way, special teams or whatever and get back in just the feel of playing on game day because I’ve missed it so much and I’m ready to get back into it. That’s what I’m looking forward to and that’s why I’m training as hard as I can right now, just to get in the program with them.”
Do you think it’s pretty much a given you’ll play fullback at NC State?
“I’m pretty sure I’ll be at fullback.”
When do you report to NC State?
Have you found out who your roommates will be?
“I’ll be rooming with Mike Glennon, Andrew Wallace and R.J. Mattes.”
Where do you feel the NC State football program is headed?
“I think it’s definitely an up and coming program. Everyone knew the coaching staff was new last year but they still pulled it together down the stretch and won some big games. I remember Virginia was the game I was at and it was a fantastic game to be at. So I think the future is definitely promising. You look at Mike Glennon coming in and he’s definitely a player, and then the players there already.”
Had you not committed to NC State, who do you think your second choice would have been?
“I’m not real sure because of the injury. But if everything had stayed the same (without getting hurt) I would probably say Miami. They offered about two weeks before I committed to State and they came hard for those two weeks. But I had made my mind up about a week after State offered. They (Miami) actually liked me as a linebacker. I love linebacker, but I really just want to play.”