RECRUITING: Houston RB surprised to get OU offer

Houston, Texas running back R.J. Jackson talks about his interest in Oklahoma.


R.J. Jackson is a fantastic running back who is so shifty and so loose that some schools love him as a cornerback prospect as well.

"You can list me as a running back because all but one school has offered me as a running back. Oklahoma is the only school that has offered me as a cornerback. Right now I prefer the offensive side of the ball."

Jackson will be a three-year starter on both sides of the ball and only leaves the field on kick-off coverage. Last season Jackson rushed for 1,038 on 136 carries and 18 touchdowns, and he caught 18 passes for 358 yards and five touchdowns. He also returned two punts for touchdowns. On defense Jackson made 41 tackles with seven interceptions and he recovered three fumbles.

Jackson can bench 265 pounds and he squats 405. The only camp Jackson has attended was the TCU camp held at Westside High School. Jackson did attend the Texas and Texas A&M spring game and he visited LSU unofficially.

This summer Jackson hopes to visit as many schools as possible as he hopes to make it up to Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Miami and Arkansas.

"I want to make an early decision, so I want to see as many schools as possible," said Jackson. "I want to have my mind made up before I come back for my senior year. Right now I really don't have a top five and just about everybody looks good to me. I have been offered by Arkansas, Arizona, UCLA, Oklahoma State, LSU, Oklahoma, Houston, Colorado and Texas A&M.

"My offer from Oklahoma was surprising, because they just signed the No. 1 running back in the nation. That is the program right there and Coach Stoops is doing a great job at Oklahoma. I would consider playing cornerback at Oklahoma, but they tell me that they will give me a chance at running back first."

Jackson says has does not have a favorite college team, but he is a big fan of all the schools that are on TV a bunch. He is already qualified.

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