Purdue a favorite for Jackson

Cincinnati-area running back Ashton Jackson is high on Purdue. Boiler Sports Report caught up with the Trotwood-Madison standout after his team's 42-8 win in the Crosstown Showdown.

DAYTON, Ohio – The place was packed and the stakes were high. It was the annual Crosstown Showdown and Ashton Jackson was hungry for a win.

On his second run of the game, the Trotwood-Madison (OH) senior running back broke through the A-gap and marched 36 yards to the end zone. The crowd at University of Dayton's Welcome Stadium went crazy. It was just the beginning of a 42-8 Trotwood-Madison rout which saw Jackson earn ‘Play of the Game' honors.

"I feel good," Jackson said of the victory. "It's one out of many we expect."

A breakout junior season brought Jackson plenty of recruiting attention, with schools like Purdue, Illinois, Buffalo, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan extended scholarship offers. A big senior year could turn interest into more offers.

Jackson has seen his recruitment pick up recently. Purdue is one of the schools showing him the strongest interest, and the feeling is mutual. The running back says Purdue is in his top-three list, though he hasn't yet declared the other two schools.

"They're up there—really high," Jackson said of Purdue.

Illinois is another school that has shown strong interest in Jackson, and could be another option for an official visit. He will only take three official visits. For now, he's working to find which are the other two schools to receive an official visit.

So how will Jackson's final three shake out?

"I'll have an answer after I get done with my visits," he said.

For now, Jackson is working to stay in touch with each of the coaches who are recruiting him, all while evaluating which schools could be the best fit. He is working diligently to build strong relationships. A verbal commitment is planned for early October.

Meanwhile, Jackson is giving everything he's got to bring Trotwood-Madison to a title.

"I'm just trying to help my team get back to state," he said.

If Jackson can pace his team like he did on Friday, things are looking up.

Chris Emma has covered recruiting, college athletics and professional baseball for FOX Sports Next since 2009. Emma covered the Nebraska Cornhuskers and Northwestern Wildcats, and currently covers the Purdue Boilermakers. A Chicago native, he resides in West Lafayette.
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