Jackson Discusses Rutgers Visit

Henderson High (West Chester, Pa.) defensive end Myles Jackson took a trip to Rutgers for Saturday's game against Syracuse, and was greeted with plenty of attention from the coaching staff. Jackson, who counts Rutgers as one of his five offers, is a hot prospect on the Scarlet Knights' radar after coach Greg Schiano was in attendance for one of his games earlier this month.

It wasn't the offer that got Henderson High (West Chester, Pa.) defensive end Myles Jackson to Rutgers on Saturday, but the way the Scarlet Knights recruited him throughout the process.

So, the day after the Warriors' stunning one-point upset of top-seeded Ridley High in the first round of the playoffs, Jackson headed to Rutgers Stadium to take in the Scarlet Knights' game against Syracuse.

"I had a good time, really got to talk to some of the coaches, eat some great food," he said. "It was fun. They were just congratulating me (on the offer) and said that I worked hard and they really liked the improvement I've made from junior to senior year.

"They like my aggressiveness in games, and they're looking forward to recruiting me some more."

Rutgers is recruiting Jackson to play its "R" position, a defensive end spot in which the player also drops back into coverage.

It is something the 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jackson is familiar with since he spent the first few seasons of his high school career playing outside linebacker. He moved to defensive end this season and has eight sacks.

"I think it suits me well because I've been playing defensive end this year," Jackson said. "I pretty much played both positions and I'm used to it. At camp over the summer, I played linebacker and defensive end, so I think I'm versatile enough to handle the position."

Jackson's offer came shortly after Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano was in attendance Nov. 5 for Henderson's win against Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.), which features Rutgers commit Tyler Kroft and class of 2012 running back Drew Harris (Rutgers offer).

But Jackson's weekend trip to Rutgers wasn't a fact-finding mission. He is a regular visitor to campus.

"I know a lot about them," he said. "I've been there for spring practice, camp, three games now. They're right down the road, an hour-and-a-half from my house, and I can make it down there easily.

"I really like the coaching staff. They're excited, they're really passionate about what they do. It's a family atmosphere and coach Schiano gets things done."

Jackson holds offers from Rutgers, Connecticut, Temple, Toledo and Bowling Green. He is also being recruited by Boston College and Michigan State.

"I'm looking to get to official visits, and see from there what happens," he said. "I'm definitely going to try and make it to all the schools that offered me, just get a better insight on who they are and what they can bring to the table."

Jackson declined to name a leader, but he did show up to the Syracuse game representing the home team.

"I wore the Rutgers shirt," Jackson said. "It was the thing to do. They gave me an offer, I had the shirt, so I thought, ‘Why not wear it?' "

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