New Jersey's Hudson County has its share of division 1A prospects with high profile players like Mike Brown and Jerome Hayes. However, there is another big time player in Hudson County. He is Rashawn Jackson. At 6'2'-260lbs, he runs a 4.6 forty yard dash and can play either TB or LB in college. Obviously, a player of this size and speed is rare. As a result of his uncommon abilities, he has over 30 offers; which includes offers from USC, Miami, Ohio State, Michigan, Nebraska, Rutgers and Virginia.
Two schools share the top position on his list of favorites, Rutgers and Virginia. Since Jackson sophomore year, Virginia stood alone a top his favorite's list. The beautiful campus and the outstanding academics attracted Jackson to the school. He even helped convince Mike Brown to attend Virginia and attempted to convince Leon Ferrine to attend the school. The addition of Mark Donofrio to the UVa coaching staff helped to solidify them among his favorites. However, an unofficial visit to the Rutgers campus changed the composition of his favorite's list and vaulted them to share the lead among his favorites. During this visit, he was impressed by the Rutgers facilities, the coaching staff, and camaraderie among the players. Jackson would also like to bring a championship to New Jersey. He stated that New Jersey has nothing to call their own except for the Devils. A Rutgers championship could help to bring the state together and lure top New Jersey athletes.
Both schools are deadlocked at the top of his favorites list and Jackson is having difficulty selecting between the two schools. However, there are four other schools on the top of his list and he stated that they are all deadlocked for third. Those schools are Miami, OSU, Nebraska, and Tennessee. One of the people that have a will impact his decision is his grandfather. His grandfather has attended every game that he has played since he played in the peewee leagues. Of the remaining schools on his list, Jackson's grandfather either has family in the surrounding area or will make the appropriate accommodations because he likes the school.
To assist in his decision making process, Jackson will be taking an unofficial visit to Virginia on the weekend of July 23rd. In august, he will be visiting Miami and he hopes to visit Ohio State before the end of the summer.
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