Jackson High On Northwestern

With a Northwestern offer in hand, Kenosha (WI) three-star running back Vonte Jackson was in attendance at Northwestern's Junior Day on Saturday.

Thus far, Vonte Jackson has received offers from Northwestern along with Wisconsin, Michigan State, and others. Jackson said those are his top-three schools, but is still considering his other offers from Illinois, Iowa, and Minnesota.

During his visit at Northwestern, Jackson joined a group of more than 10 recruits on a morning tour of the football facilities. Jackson was able to sit in on the running backs meeting with running backs coach Matt MacPherson, and then he was able to take in practice—something which definitely stood out.

"You could really see the intensity that Northwestern practices with," Jackson said.

And as anyone who's ever seen Northwestern knows—that intensity starts with Pat Fitzgerald. Fitzgerald sets the tone for the practice with his energy, something which Jackson took notice to.

"He's a really intense guy," Jackson said. "You can see the enthusiasm that he coaches with."

Then at the conclusion of practice, Jackson and the rest of the recruits sat through a presentation given my Northwestern athletic director Jim Phillips and President Morton Schapiro, which gave a summary on the top reasons why to attend Northwestern.

Jackson said Northwestern continues to make a strong impression on him, but his other offers are doing the same. Therefore, he does not have any favorites just yet.

"People around these schools keep giving me a better impression," Jackson said

With another visit to Northwestern in the books, Jackson is hoping to check out one of his other top schools, Wisconsin. The Wisconsin native will visit the in-state Badgers on March 26th, but still hopes to visit his other options, including another visit to Northwestern.

"After (Wisconsin), I'm not really sure," Jackson said. "I'll probably go to (Northwestern) again."

Jackson is sticking with his original plan of making his commitment prior to his senior season, so he can focus on football. Where that commitment goes remains to be seen.

During his junior season, Jackson finished with for 956 yards and 13 touchdowns. He benches 250-pounds, squats 405 and claims a 40-inch vertical jump. Jackson plans to major in the sciences and reports a 3.9 core GPA. He is taking the ACT in April.


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