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.
“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.”