Scottsdale (AZ) Community College tight end Blake Jackson continues to see his interest grow. As he prepares for another season with the Fighting Artichokes—one of the most unique names for a mascot anywhere—Jackson says that new schools are constantly coming into the picture. He played his high school football at nearby Gilbert High School.
"Things are going really, really good," Jackson said of his recruitment. "I'm just trying to get better this summer. Oklahoma State came in to watch a workout. Purdue and Arizona have come in, in the last couple of weeks. Oregon sent info. Stuff is really taking off."
Jackson recently hit double-digits in offers, and says that Pitt was one of the first schools to express interest, something that makes the Panthers stand out. He is being recruited by Pitt assistant Tony Gibson.
"Me and Pittsburgh talk a lot during the spring," Jackson said. "They were really the first big conference school to offer. I have a lot of love for Coach Gibson. They're talking about using me in their offense as an H-back. I have a really good feeling about Pittsburgh."
At Tulsa, the Golden Hurricane had Charles Clay as their three-back—a hybrid tight end/fullback type of player, which can also look like an H-back, as Jackson says. Clay was listed at 6-3, 245 pounds. He finished with 43 receptions for 526 yards and a team-best seven touchdowns. He was drafted in the sixth round of the NFL Draft by the Miami Dolphins.
Clay also rushed for 226 yards, averaging 6.6 yards per carry. Jackson, at 6-5, 235-pounds has a similar body type as Clay, and has similar athletic ability to play out of the backfield, and catch the ball as a receiver.
In addition to being one of the first schools to show interest, Jackson is excited about how Pitt would possibly use him, if he were to become a Panther.
"I know they have a newer offense, like the one they had the last couple of years with Tulsa," Jackson added. "They can use me with my versatility, as an H-back guy. I also like how close they are with the Pittsburgh Steelers. I will be thinking about them a lot. They are one of the teams I am thinking about making a visit to."
For now, Jackson will continue with his summer workouts, hoping to have an even more productive year for Scottsdale, in addition to continuing on in his recruiting process.
"My coaches, they have a pretty good understanding about the recruiting process," Jackson added. "I have to get ready for another year as an Artichoke, then take my official visits."