Media (Pa.) Penncrest offensive lineman Jonah Jackson committed to Rutgers without meeting his offensive line coach in person. So when the chance arrived to enroll in the Big Man Academy, Jackson signed up instantly for the chance to work with line coach Mitch Browning.
Browning joined the Rutgers staff in the offseason, and left a strong impression on Jackson.
"It's the most important thing for me to like him and know him," Jackson said. "Besides my head coach, he's going to be the guy I'm with all of the time."
Jackson is a 6-foot-4, 275-pound offensive lineman that worked mostly at guard during the Big Man Academy. The two-star prospect practices alongside commit Manny Taylor, and against defensive line commit Kamaal Seymour.
"That was good work," Jackson said. "Kamaal's a big boy, and he's very strong. I think we have a pretty talented defensive lineman right there – definitely."
Jackson named graduate assistant Sam Williams and associate head coach Norries Wilson as other coaches with which he enjoyed working at camp.
"It was a nice, long workout," Jackson said. "I got to meet with a lot of the coaches. I finally met coach Browning, and talked to him for a long time. I worked with coach Sam Williams, and got a lot of pointers. I worked with them and coach Norries Wilson and coach Browning."
Jackson spent time after the camp hanging out with Taylor and the coaching staff.
"It already feels like my second home a little bit," Jackson said. "It's going to be at this time next year. They had some of the new freshmen hanging around while we were out at camp. That's going to be me, and everyone was showing me love."