Jackson Plans to Visit Two

East Ridge high school (Clermont, Fla.) is the No. 6 rated team in Florida's class 6A. A major reason for its lofty ranking is the playmaking ability of wide receiver Richard Jackson. Jackson recently narrowed his college options from well over twenty schools to two.

While other top rated prospects have yet to narrow their expansive list of schools down at this time, Richard Jackson didn't have any trouble deciding on his final two.

"I've notified a couple schools to tell them that I'd be taking an official visit," Richard Jackson said. "I'm going to the Colorado game at Miami, and I'll be up for the USC game at Notre Dame.

While Jackson was being recruited by a number of top programs, Notre Dame and Miami were easy choices. Both schools offer the opportunity of early playing time, as well as time in the spotlight.

"I wasn't really looking at too many schools," Jackson explained. "With Miami, they are consistently one of the top programs in the nation. They always produce NFL caliber players. It's also only three hours away from me so everyone could come see me play.

"With Notre Dame, it's the schedule they play," he continued. "All their games are on TV, so you have the exposure, and Charlie Weis coming from the NFL is big.

Jackson added that Notre Dame wide receivers coach Rob Ianello and defensive backs coach Bill Lewis are responsible for recruiting him for the Irish.

The trend for many of today's top prospects is to graduate high school early so that they can get a head start in preparation for their freshman campaign. Jackson mentioned that he would like to have a decision made by December so I asked him if he planned on entering college early.

"I was thinking about it," Jackson responded. "All my classes were half-year classes so I could graduate early, but I decided to stay and graduate with my class and go to prom, so I changed my classes around and I'll be there for the full year.

Comments: If you listen to any number of college football analysts from any given sports network or publication, the first thing they will say in their evaluation of Notre Dame is that they lack playmakers. The best way to get the top playmakers to come to South Bend is to put an exciting product on the football field. The Notre Dame staff will have the opportunity to impress one of Florida's best prep receivers on October 15. Jackson will be one of many top high school prospects that will be in attendance that weekend.

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