4-Star LB Jackson Likes Rutgers' F.A.M.I.L.Y

Four-star outside linebacker Branden Jackson of McKeesport (Pa.) High camped at Rutgers last week, and came away with an appreciation for the way the footbal program is run. The 6-foot-4, 225-pound Jackson is Scout.com's No. 9-rated outside linebacker in 2011 class, and he spoke to ScarletReport.com about what stood out at Rutgers, his thoughts on the coaching staff and his overall recruiting.

More than a week after attending camp at Rutgers, one thing continues to remain in the mind of McKeesport (Pa.) High four-star outside linebacker Branden Jackson:

Rutgers is a very close-knit program, and Jackson likes that.

"I know they're family based, everything they try to do, they do as a family, and that's why their coaches stick around long," Jackson said. "That's the biggest impact Rutgers had on me, they kept talking about family.

"Everywhere you looked, they had a sign that said F.A.M.I.L.Y. And it's Forget About Me, I Love You. It's one of those deep things that gets you thinking. It's like a brotherhood up there."

Jackson, who is 6-foot-4, 225 pounds, is the ninth-rated outside linebacker by Scout.com in the 2011 class.

He could play the hybrid position at Rutgers, but camped with the linebackers last week. He also had a chance to meet with coach Greg Schiano and receive instruction from Scarlet Knights outside linebackers coach Tem Lukabu.

"It was a good. I had fun at Rutgers," Jackson said. "Those are hard-working dudes up there. It was really cool. The coach is real down to earth. I like him a lot, and I like my position coach there, too. I worked out at outside linebacker."

Prior to receiving an offer from Rutgers in late May, Jackson didn't have much knowledge of the program.

And while he did research on them and began communicating with the coaching staff regularly, the camp also provided his first opportunity to take a look at Rutgers' facilities.

"It's state of the art," he said. "Everything is top of the line. It was real nice."

Next on Jackson's trip schedule is a July 22 visit to North Carolina, with a possible stopover at North Carolina State shoe-horned in.

After that, Jackson will begin trimming his list.

"I'll probably have my list complete by the end of the summer," he said. "I'll probably do a top seven."

Even with hometown Pittsburgh offering, Jackson doesn't have a leader.

However, he said the coaching staff at one school stands out.

"Texas Tech separated themselves with their coaches," Jackson said. "I like their coaches a lot, but nothing has really blown me away. The Texas Tech coach, he really got to know me as a person. Whenever we talk, we don't really talk about football. We talk a lot about life in general, and things like that."

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