Maryland DE Jackson Discusses Trip to Rutgers

McDonough High (Pomfret, Md.) defensive end Allen Jackson was offered by Rutgers a few weeks ago, and Friday he made an unofficial visit to campus. The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Jackson spoke to about his trip, how he would be used in the Scarlet Knights' defense, what he thought of coach Greg Schiano and much more.

Last week was spring break at Rutgers, but it didn't keep the football program from hosting one of its top defensive end targets for an unofficial visit.

McDonough High (Pomfret, Md.) defensive end Allen Jackson spent Friday on the Rutgers campus, and it included a lot of face time with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano.

"It went great. I loved it up there," the 6-foot-3, 225-pound Jackson said. "We took a tour of the campus, he showed me around the football facility, he talked a lot about where he's trying to take the program and I talked to the defensive coordinator (Bob Fraser), and he showed me a lot about where I would fit in."

Jackson is being recruited to play Rutgers' "R" position, which is a defensive lineman who drops into coverage in specific schemes and employs certain outside linebacker skills.

"Linebacker is certainly something I never played before, but I always thought it would be interesting to play," Jackson said. "I think it would definitely be an interesting opportunity to have."

Admittedly, Jackson knew very little about the Scarlet Knights before he made the trip to campus, and came away very impressed.

"I didn't know what to expect," Jackson said. "I got a good feel, but since it was spring break I didn't get a chance to meet any of the players, or all the coaches. I got a pretty good first impression.

"I learned a lot, and it definitely put them high on my list. I definitely want to keep in contact and I'm trying to get (up) there for a spring practice, and to see some of the players in action."

While the players weren't on campus, the day-long visit allowed Jackson to spend a lot of time with Schiano.

"He's a really exciting man," Jackson said. "He was very excited about me being there, and he talked a lot about where I'd fit in, and a lot about the alumni, and how interested they are, and how they're going to keep pouring money into (the program) and he's going to turn the program out, just making it better and taking it to another level."

Jackson also holds offers from West Virginia, Vanderbilt, Maryland and Duke, where he is visiting this weekend.

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