Gamecocks Offer Top Georgia RB

Heard County (Franklin, GA) 3-star running back Dontavius Jackson is one of the top backfield prospects in the southeast this year, and the star running back recently picked up an offer from Coach Tyrone Nix and the South Carolina Gamecocks. Where does USC stand with this Peach State standout? Read inside to find out.

The 5'10", 195 pound Jackson, who runs a 4.44 second forty yard dash, totaled over 2,400 yards rushing and 29 touchdowns in his junior season, while averaging over 10 yards per carry. With production like that, several major college programs have extended offers his way, including South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, Alabama, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Clemson, Maryland and Georgia Tech. His most recent offers came from the Gamecocks and the home-state Bulldogs, and the talented running back prospect shared his thoughts on those two schools.

"Recruiting's going real good. I have offers from probably around like ten or eleven schools right now. Georgia and South Carolina are my most recent ones," said Jackson. "(South Carolina) offered me on Wednesday, and I'm real familiar with them. I know they've got real great coaches, great running backs and a good offense. They're real good. At Georgia, it's real great up there. It's a nice campus, and they've always had great running backs that they put in the NFL."

Jackson has taken recent visits to Alabama, Clemson, Georgia, and Georgia Tech, and as a result, he says those schools currently stand out to him, but he plans on visiting most of the schools that have offered him, including setting up a trip to Columbia in the coming months,

"All the schools that I've visited, they were real nice, so they pretty much stand out right now. I'm pretty much planning on visiting most of (the schools that have offered). I know I‘m going to visit some in the summertime."

Jackson, who is being recruited by Coach Tyrone Nix for the Gamecocks, said he will look for a few key factors to help differentiate between the different schools that are pursuing him.

"I look at the academics, the football team, the atmosphere, location and things like that."

The exciting Peach State prospect also has a good idea of when he would like to make a decision on his college choice.

"I'd say I'll commit around October or November."

When asked to describe what strengths he brings to the football field, Jackson, who models his game after San Diego Chargers' running back LaDainian Tomlinson, said that he is the complete package out of the backfield.

"I'm aggressive. I love running the ball. I do anything it takes to get that first down, and I can do it all basically."

Jackson helped lead Heard County to their first ever undefeated regular season in 2006, before falling in the second round of the 2A state playoffs. Now gearing up for his senior season this fall, Jackson said that he and his teammates are looking to take that next step and win a state championship.

"Most everybody has that one goal to go all the way. That's one of our goals. For individual goals, I just want to try to do better than what I did last year and be a great player."

Jackson, who reports an impressive 3.6 GPA, also played safety last season, racking up 74 tackles and 3 interceptions on the defensive side of the ball. In their 2006 regular season finale against Lamar, Jackson carried the ball 42 times for 405 yards and 5 touchdowns, leading his team to a thrilling 42-35 win.

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