With East Ridge High School one of the preseason favorites to win state there is a great deal of pressure for its star wide receiver Richard Jackson to perform at a high level. The 6-2, 201-pound Jackson is still as laid back as he ever has been. He is taking all of the attention and pressure in stride.
With East Ridge's fall camp beginning this week recruiting will likely be placed at the back of Jackson's mind, at least somewhat. He has two official visits all but lined up during game days.
As for the schools that Jackson is still considering, he's mum, for now, accept for two schools.
Miami and Notre Dame have been entrenched within his top schools all summer. Is that still the case?"Those two for sure," Jackson said. "I know who my top five is, but I don't want to say right now."
"I'm probably going to go to the Colorado game," Jackson explained of his Miami official visit plans.
One other school is also likely to receive a game day visit.
"I'll probably go to the Notre Dame vs. SC (Southern California) game," said Jackson.
How will Jackson in a play a game against Orlando Evans the Friday night before the Irish host the Trojans, and still make the trip to north to South Bend?
"Orlando is close. It's only like 15 minutes on the turnpike. I'll just go home (after the game) and grab my stuff and go."
Jackson's trip to Notre Dame will certainly be tight if he indeed does choose that official visit date, but he did not seem concerned about being crunched for time. Jackson lives close enough to the Orlando Airport that he should be able to make the redeye flight.
SMITTY'S TAKE - This race appears to be between the Irish and Hurricanes, but you never know. It will be interesting to see which other schools Richard Jackson decides to officially visit, if any.
Jackson made one statement that certainly made me feel a little more comfortable about Notre Dame's chances. "Notre Dame is probably recruiting me the hardest," he said. That certainly will not hurt Notre Dame come decision time.