Four-Star LB to Visit?

Pack Pride catches up with four-star linebacker Branden Jackson, and he talks about a potential visit to NC State.

Four-star linebacker Branden Jackson picked up an offer from NC State not long ago and now the talented prospect is thinking about visiting Raleigh.
NC State isn't the only school in hot pursuit of the 6-4, 225-pound defensive end from McKeesport, Pennsylvania. In fact, Jackson is thinking about taking a trip down to North Carolina to check out both the Tar Heels and the Wolfpack.

"On July 22nd I'm going to visit North Carolina," Jackson said. "I believe I'll see NC State while we're down there."

NC State, along with Pitt, Virginia and Purdue, was one of the most recent schools to offer a scholarship to Jackson. That means the Pack is fresh on his mind but it also means State has some ground to make up on several other schools. Fortunately, the Wolfpack has an old connection to help bridge the gap.

"I've talked to the defensive coordinator (Mike Archer), who's my recruiting coordinator. I'm actually going to talk to them sometime this week just to let them know I'll be stopping by. I don't know too much about them.

"I know what my coach, or my ex-coach, George Smith told me. He went there and he talked about it a little bit. I think he played defensive tackle or nose guard there years ago. I know he holds some record up there."

Smith played for the Pack about four decades ago and was one of the Pack's top players at his position during that time.

Jackson is now up to 15 scholarship offers, so narrowing his choices, much less making a decision, is going to be a chore. He has attended a passing camp at Pitt this summer and the Panthers offered him a scholarship after his first workout there. He has also been to Rutgers for a one-day camp and an unofficial visit, which was right after that trip to Pitt.

Jackson is listed as's No. 8 outside linebacker, though some schools will want him to play defensive end, and he has great athleticism for a player at either position. He is a four-star prospect.

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