The monkey is finally off Mike Bellotti's back and for the first time in a number of years Oregon has a solid commitment from a premier high school running back. Without Terrell Jackson the Ducks would still finish only behind USC in the conference recruiting rankings, but signing a running back was a "must get" and the Oregon staff got their man.
Terrell Jackson, 5-9, 185, 4.46 is widely considered one of the top two running back prospects in the state of California this year and was recently named first team All-State. Even before his senior campaign started Jackson was drawing raves after being named MVP at last summer's Southern California Nike Camp. Recently he joined other future Duck's Geoffrey Schwartz, Willie Glasper, Jacob Hucko, Ryan Phipps and Terrance Kelly in the recent CaliFlorida High School All-Star game that pitted the top players from their respective states. Our Insiders.com network rates Terrell at 21st among all high school running backs in the nation.
Terrell is a versatile, durable running back with breakaway speed that can also catch a pass out of the backfield. Against some of the top competition in Southern California Jackson rushed for 2,344 yards and 44 touchdowns as a junior followed by another 2,664 yards and 43 more touchdowns as a senior. That's impressive consistency. In the end Jackson picked Oregon over offers from ASU and Cal.
Oregon will arguably sign their best recruiting class ever next month and no need was more critical than landing a top running back. His name is Terrell Jackson.
Oregon Gets Their Running Back
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