"Syracuse and Michigan State have been there since the beginning," according to Freeport Head Football Coach Russ Cellan.
When I talked to Coach Cellan a couple of months ago he said Syracuse
was the leader for Leslie but things have changed.
"Leslie went to Michigan State over Easter break and really enjoyed it. He has family in the area and the coach that is recruiting him Jeff Stoutland is from Long Island." Coach Cellan went on saying that Syracuse probably still has a slight lead right now in Jackman's recruitment but Michigan State has made up a lot of ground.
"Syracuse has been nothing but great to the kids that I have sent there. Two of them are in the NFL now (Clifton Smith and Morlon Greenwood) and one will probably be starting at LB there next year (Jerry Mackey). Coach Pasqualoni stresses academics and all his players graduate. I also like that fact that he has really been recruiting a lot of NYS kids this year. I think that will help the program in the long run. NYS is a very underecruited state for football and has a lot more talent than people think."
Jackman still plans on camping at Syracuse and a couple of other schools this summer. He won't be making a decision on a college until after he goes to some camps.
Jackman is a 5-foot-11, 175-pound RB/DB that made Second Team All-Long Island this past season. He led his Freeport High School team to an undefeated season and the Long Island Class 1 championship in 2003.
Jackman runs a 4.4 forty and is one of the fastest athletes on Long Island.
Jackman rushed for 234 yards on 22 carries and three touchdowns in the Long Island Class 1 championship game win over William Floyd. Jackman is widely considered as being as one of the top 15 football players in NYS in 2005.
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