Hersey Jackson: 2009 Prospect

Make sure to make a note of the name Hersey Jackson. The junior running back from Allendale high school (Mich.) is already garnering attention from some top programs in the Midwest and it probably isn't going to stop there. He's big, he's fast and he get the ball he's looking to dish out punishment.

James Aldridge and Robert Hughes are big backs that will do the majority of their work between the tackles. Although Aldridge and Hughes appear to have bright futures at Notre Dame, Aldridge will be a senior and Hughes will be a junior when the 2009 recruiting class enrolls in school. Hersey Jackson (6-foot-1, 210 pounds) is a player to watch and he could be a top target for the Irish when the Notre Dame coaches finish ranking their prospects.

"No, not really," Jackson responded when asked if the Notre Dame coaches had been in touch with him. "I got a couple letters and that's it. I haven't talked to anyone, but my head coach and assistant coach have been able to talk to [coaches].

"Wisconsin is sending me stuff. I'm getting letters from Michigan, Michigan State, Iowa, Indiana, and some stuff from Ohio State."

Jackson won't ready to sign his letter of intent for another year and a half, so it isn't surprising that he hasn't put much thought into his recruitment. All of that is likely to change as colleges are allowed to begin recruiting rising juniors September 1.

"No not really," Jackson replied when asked if he had begun to think about college recruiting. "I did start to think about it a little at the beginning of the summer, but not much.

"I went to Wisconsin, Michigan, Michigan State, and Ohio State for one-day camps this summer. I like how they all run their programs, and the way they have their players in their weight program in the summer."

Jackson selected those camps to attend based on how each of those programs run the ball. Despite having one eye on a program's offense, Hersey will be thinking about his education.

"I'm mainly looking at academics," Jackson said. "I'd rather play offense than defense, either fullback or halfback. I played defensive end on the defensive side. I start and play most of the game [at defensive end] unless we get up by a lot, then somebody else comes in and they switch me out.

Hersey was first-team all-conference his first two seasons at Allendale, but he could be poised for an even bigger season in 2007.

"This summer I learned how to stay low and how to see the field a lot better than I did the last few years," Jackson explained. "This summer I worked on my decision making, and knowing which way to go so it would be easier.

"[When I run the ball], I like to hit people and make a cut on them and make them miss."

Jackson has rushed for over 1,00 yards his first two seasons. As a sophomore he rushed for approximately 1,800 yards and averaged about eleven yards a carry. In addition to being a standout of the gridiron, Hersey also plays basketball and competes in track.


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