"I called Coach Bailiff and he was just real fired up. He said that was the best news he'd heard today and he welcomed me to the Rice family."
I spoke to Broderick at length Thursday at the Rice Mini Camp. Broderick came to watch but did not perform. We talked about his decision a little bit and he gave me a pretty good idea that he would be a Rice Owl soon.
Yesterday Broderick told me:
"I'm 98% sure I'll be committing soon - I just need to talk things over with my family."
His 98% became 100% shortly after 9:00 pm tonight. He got that chance to talk to family today - and I mean the whole family.
"I was at a family reunion today and I talked it over with just about everyone there. My mom is just ecstatic. She's wanted me to come to Rice ever since we visited a couple weeks ago. She wanted two things for me - the best education, and a chance to see me play all my games. She's getting both with me going to Rice."
Jackson fills a big need at the Safety position for the Owls who had hoped to add at least 3 talented players at the position for their 4-2-5 defense. He played both ways at Kirbyville last year, but really excelled on defense, notching 98 tackles and 2 Interceptions as a junior.
Jackson joins Jarek Lancaster as the other Safety in the 2009 Signing Class. The Owls are in great shape to add another. They have several outstanding options who are available, and very interested in Rice.
Broderick discussed several of the same factors other commits have mentioned recently in making his decision - family, education, coaching staff, and future.
"Rice doesn't feel like a big college really -it's got a small town feel to it."
Weighing just as much on his decision to chose Rice was the way the coaching staff recruited him.
"I felt really wanted at Rice. You can tell when you aren't wanted and I never got that feeling at Rice. The coaches did a great job of recruiting me and I just feel real comfortable here. It feels like home."
Broderick will visit campus again on August 2, this time with his father. He told me he wanted to see as many practices as he could before his Kirbyville team starts two-a-days.
He's another fantastic addition to a stellar class!
Welcome home Broderick!