Shooting for No. 1

Richard Jackson and his East Ridge High School teammates have yet to lose this season. With another victory this next weekend they will finish the regular season undefeated and possibly ranked No. 1 in the state of Florida for class 6A.

Polls usually do not mean much, but they are still fun to talk about. For any high school football player you can bet that it is a big thrill to be ranked at or near the top of the heap.

Richard Jackson may not be receiving as much playing time as he might like, but it's because his team is playing well. "I only played a quarter, a quarter-and-a-half," Jackson said of his last game. "I had a touchdown."

Jackson had a visitor at the game. "Notre Dame was at the game," Jackson said. "Coach Parmalee. He was the only one that I know of."

Miami and Notre Dame have been considered the best bets for Jackson, but he is still taking a look at several schools.

"I'm down to Notre Dame, Georgia Tech, Miami, North Carolina State, Tennessee and Louisville," he said.

Jackson is still speaking with at least one coach from each of the aforementioned schools. In fact, Notre Dame has three coaches recruiting him.

"Coach Weis, he's my recruiting coordinator really," Jackson said. "I speak with him more than anybody (else from Notre Dame). Then I talk to coach Ianello and coach Lewis."

Due to the latest hurricane Jackson has pushed his official visit to Miami back. "Sometime during December," Jackson said of when he will visit Miami.

North Carolina State, Tennessee and Louisville are all options for what Jackson plans to be his fourth and final official visit. "Probably sometime in December, too," Jackson said when asked when he'll likely take his final official visit.

Jackson commented on where he thought three of his favorites where headed over the course of the next four years.

Notre Dame: "I can see them competing for a national title, definitely," Jackson said. "If things go like they did this year, and they can change a couple of things…

Georgia Tech: "I only know of one other guy they have recruited, so I'm not really sure.

Miami: "They'll always have a chance to compete for a national title."

The greater Orlando area has many top high school football programs. With Orlando Edgewater being knocked off it muffles the possible sectional match-ups a bit. There is a chance that East Ridge will play Edgewater early in the playoffs. Considering Edgewater was ranked No. 1 before falling, that game could decide who wins the state championship. Other familiar programs East Ridge might have to play include Winter Park, Lake Brantley, Oviedo Deland or Apopka, where Warren Sapp once played. And those are only the Orlando-area schools. Top Stories