Jackson saw Browning early in the evening at Glen Mills (Pa.) Garnet Valley High School, and wanted to showcase his skills.
“It made me a little nervous, to be honest,” said the Rutgers verbal commit. “I was trying to impress him. But you’ve just got to do what you do and work hard. I got to see him when I was walking out of the locker room. I saw him standing there, but I didn’t get to say anything to him.”
Jackson’s team, losing 28-7, faced 2016 Rutgers commit Ted Field in the game. Field and Jackson are friends off the field but did not pull punches with the game on the line. Field left with the victory but Jackson created problems early on as a defensive lineman against Garnet Valley.
“I’m tired as anything,” Jackson said on playing both ways. “It’s tough to play every play for 48 minutes, but it’s just getting me ready for college. … It was great to play against [Field]. I got to learn a little bit about him, how he plays. It was a good experience, and he’s very talented.”
Jackson was last at Rutgers for its 26-24 victory over Michigan and a storming of the field by the majority of the student section.
“That was crazy,” Jackson said. “I loved that game because it was only the second game I’ve ever went do. For them to get that win with the blocked field goal, I was going nuts. I wanted to hop the fence and storm the field. It was great.”
“We’re going to be steamrolling people,” Jackson said. “They better be ready.”
The entire group has seen Rutgers at home this year, and the 5-1 start to the season has recruits excited about coach Kyle Flood.
“It’s a program that is showing the Big Ten what we’ve really got,” Jackson said. “I love the coaching staff. They’re all great people and the commits are all cool. It’s a family environment.”