Emerging Athlete in Georgia

Robert Jackson of Jenkins High School (Savannah, Ga.) is an emerging athlete who does equally well on each side of the football. Last year, Jackson was the leading rusher for the Warriors and he finished third on the team in tackles. Jenkins qualified for the 5A playoffs and bigger things are expected in 2010, with Jackson and 16 other starters returning.

Robert Jackson of Jenkins High School (Savannah, Ga.) is a compact, strong player who is receiving looks on both sides of the football. At 5-foot-9, 205 pounds, Jenkins is blessed with 4.62 speed and he gets the job done at running back and linebacker for the 5A Warriors.

"I was an all-region linebacker last year," said Jenkins. "I averaged seven tackles per game at outside linebacker. I also had several tackles for loss and I forced a fumble, which I recovered for a touchdown.

"That came in our game against Beach High School in the ninth week of the season. We led 3-0 at halftime and on their first series in the third quarter, I stripped the ball, recovered it, and then brought it back for a touchdown to give us a 10-0 lead. We went on to win that game 17-6."

For the year, Jackson notched 81 tackles (52 solo), good for third on the team. His biggest outings on defense came vs. Beach (11 tackles), Windsor Forest (13 tackles), and Bradwell Institute (10 tackles).

Jenkins opened last year 0-4, but the Warriors rallied to win four of six down the stretch -- good for a playoff berth.

"We lost to Valdosta to open the season," said Jackson, "and they were nationally ranked. We had a really tough non-region schedule, but we did good after losing our first region game (to Johnson)."

Jackson doubled as a running back (and led the team in rushing) last year in the Warriors' ground-oriented attack, gaining 354 yards on 83 carries (4.27 yards per carry) with two TDs. In the Beach game, Jackson ran for 60 yards on nine carries and the following week, in a 54-20 win over Groves, he racked up 53 yards and two TDs on nine carries.

"I'm hearing from Georgia Tech, Coastal Carolina, and Presbyterian," said Jackson, who camped earlier this summer at Georgia Tech. "Presbyterian is recruiting me on defense and the other two schools are looking at me as a running back.

"I'm a hard-worker, a versatile player who runs the ball hard and tackles hard when I'm on defense. I do well in school. I finished last year with a 3.0 GPA. I can play any linebacker spot and I can play in the secondary too. I have good hands catching the football out of the backfield and I can also play slot receiver. I have sound technique and I block well."

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