Jackson trying to finish strong

Notre Dame commitment, Bennett Jackson from Raritan High School (Hazlet, N.J.) has been keeping a close eye on his future teammates, and he has been impressed with what they Irish have accomplished thus far in 2009.

Notre Dame's offense has been impressive this season and it has caught the eye of Bennett Jackson (6-foot-1, 170-pounds). Like most playmakers, Jackson likes what he sees from Charlie Weis' offense.

"I think they're doing pretty good," Jackson responded when asked if he had been keeping track of Notre Dame's season. "They've had a couple close games, including the games that we lost. But I think the coaches put them in position to win each game, and I think the players have played good. I think they've played good as a team. I'm pretty impressed with them and how they've done so far with the season. I'm definitely watching them.

"I do like the offense a lot. It seems to be pretty balanced between the run and pass. They spread it out both ways, so I guess I'd be more involved. I like how coach Weis is running the offense this year. I think (Jimmy) Clausen is doing a lot better job this year and he seems much more comfortable in the pocket in tight situations. (Golden) Tate just makes big play after big play, and I've seen a lot of the younger wide receivers stepping up too. I just can't wait to get out there."

Notre Dame will have a deep wide receiving corps next season, but that doesn't concern Jackson. He's seen a number of younger players earn playing time and he's hoping to do the same.

"It definitely gives you the thought that you can play a lot earlier," Jackson explained. "That's my goal. But I just want to get out there and see what happens. I want to be a big part of the offense and I think I can if I work harder at it. They've shown that they'll play freshman early if they have the talent, so I'm definitely looking forward to getting in there and playing early."

Jackson has been happy with his development as a player over his senior season and he's confident that he and his Raritan (5-1) teammates will make a strong run into the state playoffs.

"My team is doing pretty good," Jackson said. "We've been on a role lately. We play for the conference championship on Saturday. I think we're looking pretty good and we're going into it pretty solid. I've got eight touchdowns on the year. I've had a bigger impact on the team this year. I've definitely gotten stronger and faster. But I think we're in good position this year. I think we have a good chance to make it to the state championship."

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