Broderick and his mother came away with more answers than questions it seems.
"We wanted to know about class sizes and individualized tutoring" said Broderick. "I found out that there are designated tutorials for each class – which I liked a lot. The professors answered all our questions completely. I came away very impressed – so did my Mom."
When inquiring about social and cultural demographics at Rice Jackson got answers from an old friend who attends Rice. Make that one very large old friend who attends Rice – 320 pound RS Freshman Defensive Lineman Davon Primus. The two know each other having both attended Humble High School, where as a freshman Jackson played on Varsity with Primus. He later moved to Kirbyville, where he currently lives with his father.
"To be honest I didn't think their were many black people on campus but Davon told me there's a lot more than you think – he said there's a good mix of all cultures on campus."
The two talked about football also of course.
"He told me straight – don't come here thinking it's easy. He said he had a little bit of "freshman fever" when he got here. He said he figured out real quick that he would have to work hard. He said the coaches will get the best out of you if you work hard though. I know I've got a big brother in him if I come to Rice"
Jackson also met a former adversary for the first time "off the field".
"I also met Chris Jammer from Sweeny; they beat us in the playoffs this past year."
One of the coaches he met while on campus was Head Man David Bailiff.
"I really liked Coach Bailiff a lot. He reminds me of my high school coach a lot; and he's a man I go fishing with and hang with. Coach Bailiff seems like a really laid back coach and he made my Mom and I feel real welcomed."
And for good reason. Broderick is one of the top players in Southeast Texas. The two way star is 5-11 201 pounds and has run the 40 in 4.51 seconds. As a Sophomore he recorded a 4.16 second shuttle time and as a junior last season notched 98 tackles on defense while racking up 785 yards on 115 carries as a Running Back. He added 9 Touchdowns while doing so.
Asked about a preference in positions he said,"I don't care where a team puts me but I like Safety because I love to hit people."
Jackson has camped at Baylor and Louisiana-Lafayette this summer. He has hoped to attend camps at Rice and Texas A&M as well. The upcoming State 7-on-7 Tournament will prevent him from camping at A&M and a family reunion has him trying to juggle schedules for the upcoming Rice camp in July.
I asked Jackson about his favorites right now.
"You know before I visited Rice probably wasn't even a consideration. A&M has been my leader but I don't get much mail from them anymore. Rice sends me 3 or 4 handwritten letters a week, so I know they want me there. Rice is one of my leaders now."
And his Mom?
"My Mom is definitely sold on Rice. She must have drank something in the water, she sent me a text today saying, "How about those Owls!?!" She's my main cheerleader so I want to go someplace where she can see me play all my games. If she likes the school then I'll probably go there."
Jackson is being recruited by Owls WR Coach Dan Hammerschmidt. He isn't quite ready to pull the trigger just yet, but obviously Rice has made a good impression.
Stay here on Owl Digest for the latest on Jackson's recruitment…