JUCO TE Gets Visit from Rutgers Coach

JuCo tight end Blake Jackson, from Scottsdale Community College (Scottsdale, Ariz.), received a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers two weeks ago. After the offer, the Rutgers coaching staff has been in constant contact with Jackson, including a visit from an assistant this week. Come inside to see if Jackson will return the favor of visiting Piscataway.

Graduating high school at 16, Blake Jackson has smarts. So when Rutgers tight ends coach Brian Angelicho flew to Scottsdale Junior College (Scottsdale, Ariz.) during the spring evaluation period, Jackson took special notice.

"That means a lot that they came out to see me specifically," Jackson said. "I get the feeling Rutgers doesn't make too many trips to Arizona."

Jackson reports a strong relationship building between himself and members of the Rutgers coaching staff.

"I've talked to [head coach Greg Schiano] twice," he said. "I've heard that he's a great coach that turned a program around. I really liked talking to him. We're building a good relationship. We talked about a bunch of different things. Rutgers offers some unique opportunities."

One opportunity that stuck out to Jackson is the proximity to New York City, which is quickly becoming a theme among the far-away recruits in the Class of 2012.

"I like how they're so close to New York City," Jackson said. "That's something unique. I want to go into broadcasting after college football and in New York, they're the best in the world."

The Rutgers offer for Jackson came two weeks ago and marked 10th Football Bowl Subdivision offer.

Jackson plans to make five official visits in December and January and already confirmed planned visits to Miami, Tennessee and Arkansas. He will "heavily consider" an official visit to Rutgers.

Jackson, who has two years to play two after completing the upcoming season in Scottsdale, does not plan to make any official visits or decisions until December and January.

Graduating at 16, Jackson was a full academic qualifier but did not receive interest because of his age. He made 33 catches for 540 yards and reports a 4.7 40-yard dash.

Wherever Jackson decides, he will enroll this January for spring practices.

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