Jackson Has Offers

Junior running back Vonte Jackson has a number of big-time programs knocking on his door. The standout athlete from Mary D. Bradford High School (Kenosha, Wisc.) also has two scholarship offers.

Vonte Jackson (6-foot-0, 180-pounds) had put recruiting on the backburner, but now that his junior season is in the books, he'll spend more time looking into the various schools that have been filling his mailbox with recruiting material.

One of those schools is Notre Dame. While he hasn't spoken with the Notre Dame coaching staff, he does have interest in learning more about their program.

"I've gotten letters about them wanting me to come to their games and letters about the school and stuff like that," Jackson said. "I know they're very good academically. That's something I look forward too, getting an athletic scholarship and a chance to further my education.

"I'm not too familiar with coach Kelly, but I was hoping for Notre Dame to have a little more success this l season than then they're having."

If success is what he's looking for, in-state Wisconsin has had plenty of it. The Badgers finished the regular season tied for a share of the Big Ten title with a record of 11-1. The Badgers have also extended Jackson a scholarship offer.

"I have offers from Wisconsin and Iowa," he said. "Melvin Gordon, our running back, is verbally committed to Iowa. When the running backs coach came up to watch him play, he also got to see me. After seeing that game, they decided to offer me.

"Wisconsin is at the top of the Big Ten, but anything could change next year. It's a whole other season and plenty of time for me to make a decision."

It probably wouldn't surprise anyone that Jackson has already been to Madison several times to see the Wisconsin campus, but it might surprise some that he's also visited a number of other college towns.

"I went to Michigan State's camp, Vanderbilt. Ohio State, and the Wisconsin camp," he said. "I've been getting letters from Oregon, Alabama, PSU, Purdue, Illinois, Cincinnati, Northwestern...from all over I guess.

"So far everyone is recruiting me for running back. I would consider myself an athlete though, because I have great hands to play wide receiver. I also play corner during big games, when teams are passing a lot.

"I still have to get my highlight tape and send it out to schools and see what type of interest I get," he said. "Depending on what they say to me, maybe they'll want me to come to camp and maybe I'll get some more offers."

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