The 6-foot-4, 300-pound incoming offensive lineman knows where his positional journey begins, but is willing to try anything.
“[Offensive line coach Mitch] Browning said that with both me and Jack Shutack coming in, he’s going to try me out at right tackle,” Jackson said. “It’s really wherever I can get on the field and contribute. I know I have enough athleticism to kick out there, but I can play on the inside too. Wherever they need me, that’s where I want to be.”
Jackson enrolls at Rutgers at the end of June at 295 pounds and ready for grueling summer workouts.
“It’s been nothing but focus,” he said. “I’m not looking to come in and just be dead after the first workout. I’ve been grinding hard. I’m focused on all of the aspects of lifting and offensive line work.”
Jackson committed to Rutgers last year with the chance to play for head coach Kyle Flood as a selling point.
“Coach Flood is just a good guy,” Jackson said. “He cares for each and every player like it’s a family. He was an offensive lineman and he was an offensive line coach, so that’s a great situation for me.”
One of three Rutgers participants in the Big 33 All-Star game, Jackson plays at Hershey Park the night before his enrollment on the same line as Zach Venesky.
“Venesky is my dog,” Jackson said. “I wanted to room with him but we can’t during the summer because we don’t have similar classes. Going up against Ron’Dell [Carter] is going to be even better. He’s my teammate, so we’re going to get some good work in.”