Rutgers loss to the University of New Hampshire left many Rutgers fans bewildered and frustrated. But the true question is how the top recruits in the state of New Jersey will react to the loss. Rashawn Jackson (RB/LB, 6'2"-260lbs, 4.6 forty) from St. Peter's Prep is one of the top recruits in New Jersey and before the loss had Rutgers as his co-leader with the University of Virginia.
Jackson stated that the loss was "extremely disappointing". The game left him speechless. He called Coach Schiano the day after the loss but did not talk to anyone else. It was obvious that the loss upset him a lot. But he stated that he will not turn his back on Rutgers because they would not turn their back on him after a tough loss. However, his teammate Mike Brown took advantage of the situation to rip his teammate about the loss and his future school's (Virginia) success. Interestingly, other recruiters have not taken advantage of the opportunity. They just talked about their schools and the advantages of it.
The result of the game did not change his leaders list. Rutgers and Virginia are still his leaders with Tennessee, Nebraska, and Florida trailing. As far as position recruitment, everyone is recruiting Jackson as a tailback with the exception of Florida. They are recruiting Jackson as an athlete.
Regarding his co-leader, (Virginia) he has been very impressed with their first two games. He was especially impressed by their rushing game. There running game leaves Jackson to believe that they have a good offensive line and it will result in more good offensive linemen attending the school. Like many outstanding RBs, he would like to have a good offensive line that would provide him with a better chance of getting to the NFL. However, he stated that he will succeed at whatever school that he attends because he refuses to lose.
Jackson stated that his final decision will come down to his official visits. Whatever school that he feels the most comfortable with is the school that he will attend.
As a side note: In Jackson's first game, he had 12 tackles with 4 solos on defense. On offense, he rushed for 80 yards on 12 carries.
St. Peter's will play Emerson for their second game of the season.
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