Recruiting: R.J. Jackson

This report was filed from San Antonio, the site of the U.S. Army All-American Game by Jamie Newberg of

SAN ANTONIO, Texas -- For Houston (Texas) Westside High School standout R.J. Jackson everything was set. He was to announce his college selection this weekend during the U.S. Army All-American Bowl. But his recruitment got turned upside down when three of his final four schools made coaching changes. Nick Saban left LSU, Ron Zook got fired from Florida, and Les Miles left Oklahoma State for LSU. The other school he likes, Texas, has coach Mack Brown and he just signed a contract extension.

"Man, these coaching changes really messed things up for me," said Jackson. "I wanted to announce at the game this weekend but that will not happen for me. Now I just want to soak in this week here in San Antonio. I feel so honored just to be here with all these guys. I thank God for that."

In December, before the coaching moves at LSU and Oklahoma State respectively, he had a chance to make his official visits to both the Tigers and Cowboys.

"I absolutely love the environment at LSU. I loved it. It is like a home away from home to me. I would have loved to have played for Nick Saban but I will go to LSU because of the school, not because of the coaching staff. But with coach Miles being there now it makes things easier if I pick them.

"I know Bobby Reid at Oklahoma State and I like coach (Mike) Gundy. I talked with both of them and I would love to play there. Plus, they just got coach (Larry) Fedora who went from Florida to Illinois. Now, he's the offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State. There is also a good opportunity for me there to play early at running back because (Vernand) Morency left early for the NFL."

Both Texas and Florida will get January visits from Jackson. He says he will not make a decision until he sees the Gators on the last visit weekend.

"Texas is the big in-state school for me. There is pressure on me to go there. I know a lot of the guys like (Andrew) Kelson, Jamaal Charles and some others. They are really doing well right now under coach Brown.

"Florida was a school I liked when coach (Ron) Zook was there. Now they have coach (Urban) Meyer and I think he will do a great job at Florida. I really want to see what Florida has to offer and I will not make a decision until I visit them on January 28th. I know them the least of all these teams."

The U.S. Army All-American Bowl is played in San Antonio, Texas, at the Alamodome on Saturday, and broadcast nationally on NBC at 1 p.m. (Eastern time). is a sponsor, the official selection partner and exclusive on-line partner of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, as well as the associated U.S. Army Combine for underclassmen. The game features the top 78 football prospects in the country. East versus West.

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