DE Jackson Discusses Visit To Rutgers

Henderson High (West Chester, Pa.) defensive end Myles Jackson received an offer from Rutgers lately, and a few days ago he spent the afternoon and evening on campus getting a full tour. Jackson spoke to about the visit, what he got out of it, and where Rutgers rates in his recruitment.

Defensive end Myles Jackson visited Rutgers on previous occasions, but it was never like his unofficial visit last week.

Jackson, who is from Henderson High (West Chester, Pa.), spent seven hours on campus Wednesday, a trip that included an hour-long meeting with coach Greg Schiano.

"It went great," said Jackson, who is 6-foot-3, 220 pounds. "I got to talk to some of the coaches and really got good insight into the program.

"First, we got to talk to the dean and talk to the academic staff, and talk to (director of football academic support) Scott Walker and how they conduct time management. We got to talk to coach Schiano, and we got to talk to (defensive line) coach (Randy) Melvin about the ‘R' position, and how they see me fitting into the program."

The ‘R' position is what Rutgers calls its hybrid spot in which the defensive end also drops into coverage like a linebacker.

"I really learned a lot," Jackson said. "I've been on campus for games and been to camp and saw the Hale Center at camp, so (Wednesday) was the first time I really got an inside look at things. It really is like a city campus and fits in well with the area.

"The area thrives off of Rutgers. It's really a neat kind of campus. They've got the green part of campus and the city part of it."

Jackson also holds offers from Bowling Green, Temple, Toledo and Connecticut, and is trying to organize official visits now that his high school season is over.

In regards to Rutgers, he said "I definitely will make a visit there," and added he will try to get to each school to offer him.

While on campus, Jackson was impressed with Rutgers' graduation rate (the Scarlet Knights are No. 1 in Academic Progress Rate), and the philosophy of the football program away from the field.

"I was really impressed with the ARP score," Jackson said. "It shows how much they care about academics. The support staff is behind student-athletes to help them graduate. They talked about how they are dealing with helping young men grow up and that is something very important to me.

"It's based on doing the right thing. If you do that, things take care of themselves. They have a lot of structure in that program."

The visit was exactly what Jackson hoped it would be.

"I've always come away (from Rutgers) with a great feeling," he said. "This time, it confirmed what I was feeling before. That was definitely a good sign."

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