Quick Courtship Ends As Jackson Picks Rutgers

Henderson High (West Chester, Pa.) defensive end Myles Jackson spoke at length with ScarletReport.com to discuss his commitment to Rutgers, which actually occurred during a Saturday night meeting with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano. Jackson discussed why he chose Rutgers, whether he can play as a freshman and what Schiano's reaction was to the commitment.

Five weeks after Rutgers coach Greg Schiano went to see Downingtown East (Exton, Pa.) tight end and Rutgers commit Tyler Kroft play, the Scarlet Knights received a commitment from a player on the opposing team.

Henderson High (West Chester, Pa.) defensive end Myles Jackson actually committed to the Scarlet Knights during a Saturday night meeting with Schiano. It ended a quick courtship that intensified shortly after Schiano saw Jackson play Nov. 5.

"It just felt right," Jackson said. "My parents always said, you'll know when you know, and after all these visits and getting to talk to the coaches one-on-one and meeting the players and the current commits, I felt it was a fit for me. And the support given to help me graduate, I thought it was the right time.

"I thought it was the right time, and I saw what I needed to see. Everybody was accommodating. I felt good about my decision. I felt it was the right one."

Jackson's Saturday meeting with Schiano was a bit out of the norm since the head coach usually speaks individually with recruits as they ready to leave campus Sunday morning, but circumstances dictated a different schedule.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound Jackson had to leave early Sunday to attend his season-ending football banquet, where he received awards for being the strongest man and the Ches-Mont League co-defensive lineman of the year.

"I told (Schiano) and left in the morning, and everyone was real excited about it," Jackson said. "He was excited. He gave me a high-five, stood up and gave me a hug and said welcome to the family."

Interestingly, Jackson became a player in the recruiting process after switching from outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense to defensive end in a 4-3 alignment.

He finished his senior season with 80 tackles, 5½ sacks, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and an interception. He had nine tackles, including a sack, and forced a fumble when Schiano was in attendance.

Living a little more than an hour from campus, Jackson will to visit Rutgers frequently after signing his letter of intent Feb. 2.

"I'm going to try and make as many (spring practices) as I can," he said. "It will be possible to get to a couple. I'll get the playbook, learn the plays, workout a little bit and see if I can get into the program right away."

Jackson also likes the idea of playing early.

"I think it's a matter of learning things," he said. "I think it's learning the playbook, understanding the calls, and I think once you get that done, there's the possibility of getting into a game."

Finally, with the whirlwind way his recruitment went, Jackson said his mind is at ease.

"It's sinking in a little bit, but right now I'm just happy," he said. "I can say I'm a Scarlet Knight and go from there. There is a little less pressure now. You know, concrete, I'm going to Rutgers. It feels good, and I'm relieved at the same time."

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