Jackson Talks Pitt Offer

The school he expected the offer from most came through. McKeesport (PA) linebacker Branden Jackson got the news he was hoping to hear, from when the recruiting process began.

Jackson was at Pitt's 7-on-7 passing camp over the weekend, where he was officially offered by the Panthers.

"I had an idea it was going to happen, from talking to Coach Gattuso," Jackson said. "He asked me whether it was too late to get in the game. I told him no, and he said they were going to offer me."

Being at the camp also gave Jackson a chance to meet one-on-one with head coach Dave Wannstedt, who personally extended the official offer.

"It was exciting, I felt big time sitting down with the head coach," Jackson said. "It was important for me to get an offer from them, because they're the hometown team. It was killing me. I kept thinking, ‘Why doesn't my hometown team have any interest in me?' But, they came through."

Aside from meeting with the coaches, Jackson enjoyed his experience at the passing camp.

"It was our first time, first passing camp of year," Jackson said. "It was a good experience. I learned a lot from it, we found out who can play and who can't. It was real fun. I met a lot of people and made some friends with the guys from Woody High (Woodland Hills). We trash talk and had some fun out there."

Jackson referred to Pitt as the hometown team. When asked if he knew anybody on the Pitt team, he rattled off a few names he was familiar with--all from neighboring school districts. Interestingly, while a lot of the neighboring school districts are well represented on the Pitt roster, McKeesport is not. Jackson, and perhaps his teammate Delvon Simmons who also has a Pitt offer, has a chance to change that.

"There's nobody I know personally, but I know that Cam Saddler is down there," Jackson said. "I was a freshman when he was a senior. The linebacker from Penn Hills, Dan Mason, is down there. Kevin Weatherspoon is down there. KK (Mosley-Smith) from Woody High is down there. Lafayette Pitts, he just committed there. There's cool people I know that are down there."

Jackson was also at Rutgers this week, and has a trip to North Carolina scheduled a couple weeks from now. All schools that have offered him have as good a shot as anyone right now.

"I still have yet to put together a list (of favorites)," Jackson said. "Pitt has as good a shot as anyone. The people who offered me months ago have as great a chance as anyone else."


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