As a junior at St. Peters Preparatory School in Jersey City, N.J., Jackson picked up 950 yards and scored 26 touchdowns in just 91 carries — an average of 10.4 yards per carry and one touchdown for every 3.5 carries. These impressive numbers were compiled while splitting time at running back with standout teammate Mike Brown.
With his 4.59 speed and outstanding size, Jackson was also a force for the defense at middle linebacker where recorded 75 tackles and one interception while creating havoc from sideline to sideline.
At one time Jackson's size was actually a drawback to his enjoyment of football as he was too big to play in a youth league in his hometown. However he made the best of the situation and believes the year without play was really a blessing.
"When I was younger I played recreational football, but on my third year I was too big to actually play so I got to coach," he explains. "I think that's one of my strengths. Since I've coached I know the game well and I've studied it. I also think I have more confidence than a lot of players and if you're confident and you feel good you'll play better."
While Jackson obviously has the mobility to play fullback or mike linebacker at the next level, he could grow into a defensive tackle or defensive end. He could also develop into a tight end. That versatility increases his stock and has attracted the attention of a lot of top teams.
Over the summer Jackson took unofficial visits to Rutgers, Syracuse and Penn State and was considering visits to Miami and Virginia. Home state Rutgers and Virginia "slightly lead" big bruiser over Tennessee, Miami and Ohio State.
"I really want to go to a good school where I can get a good education, because no one can take that away from you," Jackson told SuperPreps Allen Wallace. "It just makes you a more powerful person."
Jackson said he wants to improve his patience as a senior while becoming more adept at hitting the hole harder and reacting faster. He's like to take most of his official visits after the season.
"I'm really trying to keep my options open for now and just consider all of my offers," he said. "I'll decide after this football season."
Jackson has a GPA near 3.0 and will take the SAT for the first time this fall. Inside Tennessee will keep our readers posted on further developments with this intriguing prospect.