It did not take long for Media (Pa.) Penncrest offensive lineman Jonah Jackson to come to a decision after receiving his first Big Ten verbal scholarship offer.
Rutgers wowed Jackson and his parents during a Saturday unofficial visit that ended with his commitment to the Scarlet Knights.
"I just feel great about this," Jackson said. "It's the opportunity of a lifetime. I never thought I'd be in this position. It's crazy."
Rutgers gave the 6-foot-4, 275-pound guard a backstage pass to see the facilities and university. Jackson entered coach Kyle Flood's Hale Center office impressed, and left as a verbal commitment.
"It starts with the academics," Jackson said. "That was very impressive. It just fits me. Rutgers fits me. It's everything I want. … I'll bring hard work, dedication. I'll bring morale to the team. I'll give Rutgers all I got."
Jackson met with the offensive staff during the visit, and projects as a guard for the Scarlet Knights.
"They loved that I play to the whistle on every play," Jackson said. "They can tell how much I love the game of football. … Honestly, I never would have thought I'd be able to play for Rutgers University. It's crazy."
Jackson and his parents are eager for a Big Ten opportunity within 90 minutes of home.
"They loved it, especially the academics," Jackson said. "Rutgers is a great opportunity, and it's close to home. … I liked the academic advisors and how they helped their kids a lot. I liked the food. That's always a plus. I've always liked Rutgers football from watching them. … I would have never thought I'd be going against dudes from Ohio State and everything."
On the topic of food, Jackson said he already has his eyes on the famous Rutgers Grease Trucks.
"[Recruiting coordinator] Tariq Ahmad told me all about the challenge that you have to eat five," he said. "It sounds amazing. I definitely want to get a Fat Darrell as soon as possible."