Maryland Defensive End Planning Rutgers Trip unveiled Wednesday that Rutgers gave McDonough High (Pomfert, Md.) defensive end Allen Jackson an offer, and Thursday he spoke about what it means, the relationship he is building with the staff and what is going on with his recruitment. Jackson added he plans on making an unofficial visit to campus to learn more about the Scarlet Knights.

Rutgers is spending plenty of time recruiting Maryland, and one of its new targets is McDonough High (Pomfret, Md.) defensive end Allen Jackson.

As reported earlier this week, the 6-foot-5, 225–pound Jackson was offered by the Scarlet Knights recently, and they aren't the only ones in the mix.

Jackson also holds offers from Duke, Maryland, Vanderbilt and West Virginia, and is also hearing from Virginia and Mississippi State.

"I plan to visit Rutgers in the upcoming weeks, and I'm also trying to visit Vanderbilt," said Jackson, whose knowledge of the Rutgers is limited. "I know it's a pretty prestigious academic school and they're always in contention for a bowl game, and it's in New Jersey. I don't know anything too particular about Rutgers."

Jackson is beginning to see his recruitment accelerate as his junior highlight makes the rounds. Most schools are recruiting him as a defensive end, but Mississippi State spoke to him today about playing tight end.

"Everybody else is talking to me about defensive end," Jackson said. "I really don't care where I play, as long as I get the chance to play."

Among the things Jackson is weighing as he looks at schools is early playing time, the opportunity to go to bowl games on a regular basis and strong mix of academics and football.

He is also in the process of building relationships with various coaching staffs, and he is getting to the know the staff at Rutgers well.

Jackson has spoken to his main recruiter, receivers coach P.J. Fleck, and has also spoken with coach Greg Schiano.

"(Fleck) seems like a straightforward guy, and I like that," Jackson said. "(Schiano) said he definitely liked my tape, and he wanted me to come (to campus) to talk some more. He said he thought he thought I was a pretty good kid."

Jackson has been to Maryland's campus several times, but added he isn't hearing much from the new Terps' coaching staff. He also visited Virginia and attended Duke's junior day. He is getting recruited hard by the Blue Devils' coaching staff, led by offensive coordinator Kurt Roper and coach David Cutcliffe.

"Great guys," Jackson said. "They are very straight forward and the said they'd just love to have me."

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