Rutgers Familiar to WR Jackson

Rutgers is the latest BCS school to offer Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher 2015 receiver Kalif Jackson. The 6-foot-5 Jackson spent the offseason reshaping his body and improving speed to show colleges what he can do as spring football approaches in Florida.

The buzz about Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher receiver Kalif Jackson is only going to accelerate as spring football approaches in Florida. The latest spike hit Tuesday night when Big Ten school Rutgers verbally offered Jackson.

Jackson received the offer from associate head coach Norries Wilson, who took over his recruitment after the departure of Ron Prince to the NFL.

"It wasn't a shock but it felt good," Jackson said on his offer. "I thought they were going to offer me eventually, and I'm already pretty familiar with the area.

"… I've only talked to them a couple of times but they seem like good people. They seem like good coaches and good people."

Jackson's father hails from Franklin Township (N.J.), which is a 15-minute drive away from the Rutgers football facilities.

"I'll consider them seriously," he said. "My father is from that area and I know people that are going to school there currently. I plan to take them seriously."

The 6-foot-5, 185-pound Jackson is already approaching double digit offers. No matter how big his recruitment gets, he plans to keep in touch with the Scarlet Knights.

Jackson played last season with incoming Rutgers fullback Jacob Kraut. He is also childhood friends with cornerback Kam Lott, who attended Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast before enrolling early at Rutgers.

"Kam loves it, and I've been with Kam since I was a little kid," Jackson said. "What he says will probably carry some weight. He said he loves it there. That's why he enrolled early. Jacob is extremely excited to go because he's always talking about it. That's how they feel."

Jackson expects to visit or camp at Rutgers this summer, which will be easy to schedule because of his family's ties to the area. He already visited both Duke and Wake Forest, and will plan other visits based off what happens in spring football.

"The schools want to see me live to see if I'm the same person that I am on my highlight tape," Jackson said. "… I want to show that I've gotten a lot faster, bigger and quicker. Those are things I've worked on that you don't see in my highlight tape. I've worked on my quick burst and my speed. I'm not slow, but I just didn't seem fast, and now I'm one of the fastest players on our team.

"I've worked at it. I've committed to the weight room. It's translated well to the field. I'm more fluid. I just turned 17 and I'm 6-foot-4 or 6-foot-5. I was kind of in that goofy, awkward stage and I'm working my way out of it."

Jackson's offers include Missouri, California and UCF. Whatever comes his way during the spring evaluation period, Jackson plans to end his recruitment before his senior season.

"I'm committing before my first football game my senior year," Jackson said. "When people go up on Signing Day with eight different hats and drama, that's just not me. I don't want to do that. That's a waste of time. Just make a decision and live with it. It is what it is. I'm not one of those guys that's going to commit to a school and then de-commit. If you do that, that's not a commitment. I know players who've done that. That's wrong."


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