Jackson Visits NU, NIU

Decatur Central (IN) LB Jordan Jackson ventured northwest this week to visit both Northwestern and Northern Illinois. Jackson liked the physicality of both teams' practices and said he could see himself winding up in either uniform in the fall of 2013. Read about Jackson's recruiting status in this PurpleWildcats.com update.

Among other positives gleaned from Decatur Central High School (Indianapolis) recruit Jordan Jackson's recruiting trip to Northwestern's Evanston, Ill., campus was the intensity of the team's practices.

"They really got physical out there – even though it's spring," said Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker and running back. "I like that. And the coaching staff seemed pretty cool."

Jackson said he first had the chance to attend positional meetings during his visit, sitting in on the linebackers' daily session and talking with NU linebacker coach Randy Bates.

Afterward, Jackson said he watched the Wildcats' morning practice and met with both NU wide receivers coach Dennis Springer, who is leading Northwestern's recruitment of the two-way standout, and head coach Pat Fitzgerald.

Jackson also visited the DeKalb, Ill., campus of Northern Illinois during his trip across the Indiana-Illinois State line, where he took in another high-intensity practice.

"They were getting after it," Jackson said.

After touring NIU's facilities, Jackson said both Illinois schools left positive impressions.

"I could see myself ending up at any of those places," said Jackson, who also visited Toledo last month. "I don't know if anyone's ahead right now – it's still early in the recruiting game for me."

While Jackson also has a trip to Miami (Ohio) scheduled for next week, he said he has not yet received any offers, which is something that is likely due to a lack of game tape showing him in pass coverage.

"The conference I play in in high school, I don't have to do a lot of covering," Jackson said. "So they really want to see me in a coverage spot to see if I can. So I have to go to some seven-on-seven tournaments, so they can see me [in coverage]."

The soon-to-be senior said that he is currently playing on a seven-on-seven team to allay any concerns about his coverage ability.

He added that at least one school – Eastern Michigan – has told him he could fit in at running back, rather than linebacker. However, Jackson said he would prefer to stay on the defensive side of the ball.

Although he noted that it is still early in the recruitment process, Jackson said he ideally will make a decision prior to the start of his senior season or sometime during the fall campaign.


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