DC Defensive Back Getting Attention

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- St. John's College High defensive back Will Jackson completed his senior season Thanksgiving weekend, and recruiting becomes the focus in December. Jackson met with multiple coaches since the end of the season, and has new offers and interest from both the SEC and Big Ten.

The 2014 season is over for Washington (D.C.) St. John’s College High, and recruiting is in full force with more than a dozen schools already in the football offices this week.

For 6-foot-3 cornerback Will Jackson, the suitors include new offer Kentucky and Rutgers of the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights sent defensive line coach Jim Panagos Tuesday morning to see Jackson.

“Recruiting has been good,” Jackson said. “I just got the Kentucky offer. I talked to coach Panagos from Rutgers and he told me he’d call soon to let me know if they were going to offer me.”

Kentucky has two 2015 commitments from the nation’s capital, and seeks a third in Jackson with an anticipated January official visit.

“It was very exciting,” Jackson said. “That was my first bigger-school offer. It’s SEC, so that’s big-time football. I don’t know much yet, but I know the Gonzaga receiver [Jabari Greenwood] committed there. I’ve talked to Jabari and his father and they both said it’s a really good school.”

Jackson met with Panagos Tuesday, and hopes to hear more from the Scarlet Knights because of a reputation of producing defensive backs.

“He told me how unique Rutgers is being near New York and the media exposure there,” Jackson said. “He told me about how he sent his son there. He seemed like a nice person that was pretty genuine.”

Recruited as both a cornerback and safety, Jackson changed his focus from offense to defense during the offseason.

“I’m confident, and I think I showed that I can actually play DB,” Jackson said. “A lot of schools were skeptical because I was coming from offense to defense so they didn’t know how I would pan out. I think I showed them this year.”

Jackson has no timetable for a decision with other schools involved including Connecticut and Old Dominion.

“It’s pretty much been the same schools other than Kentucky and Rutgers,” Jackson said. “I’m open to everyone.”


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