Jackson receiving interest from Aggies

With strong interest from Rice and Stanford, Kirbyville (TX) safety Broderick Jackson may have even more to choose from as teams like Texas A&M learn more about him. Will the Aggies be next to make an offer? Where do the Aggies stand on his list of favorites? What are his plans for this summer? Aggie Websider visits with the small-town safety about this and more.

With the recruiting process starting earlier each year, the chances of good athletes falling through the cracks is high, especially with prospects from small communities in the state of Texas. Colleges can field a team of prospects simply from the major metroplex areas of Houston, Dallas, Austin, and San Antonio, so some school off the beaten path may not get the kind of traffic as other high profile programs in the state.

Broderick Jackson, a safety from a small east Texas town of Kirbyville, falls into that category. Located 50 miles northeast of Beaumont, Texas near the Texas-Louisiana border, Kirbyville is not a typical stop on the road for most college recruiters. However, the talent of Jackson and his 5-foot-11, 201-pound frame has started to attract the attention of a handful of astute schools who have found their way to the tiny community of 2,000. Until now, the most famous athlete from Kirbyville was Bubba Bean, a 1971 graduate who later starred as a running back for Emory Bellard at Texas A&M in the mid-1970's and managed an NFL career with the Atlanta Falcons.

Ironically, it's the Aggies now showing serious interest in the latest football product from Kirbyville.

"Texas A&M is showing me a lot of interest. Coach Turner is my recruiting contact and he said he liked me a lot and he brought the defensive coordinator to practice with him last week," Jackson said. "I get a lot of letters from A&M."

Asked if that interest has resulted in a scholarship offer, Jackson didn't think it had yet.

"As far as a scholarship offer, I don't think so," Jackson said. "They said they liked what they've seen at practice and they liked my junior film, but I haven't received anything yet to my knowledge."

Growing up, Jackson said he didn't follow any particular college teams, but says he has been keeping track of the Aggies closely since his former teammate at Humble High School, Jerrod Johnson, graduated and went on to play in College Station.

"Before I moved to Kirbyville, I played my first year at Humble and Jerrod was a senior at the time," Jackson said. "He was a role model to me and I looked up to him and he took me under his wing. So when he went to Texas A&M, I started following them. Hey, if A&M is good enough for Jerrod, it's got to be a good school."

However, Jackson is receiving interest from other schools, most notably Stanford and Rice. He plays both sides of the ball for the Wildcats, garnering 103 tackles, four interceptions, 13 pass breakups, and five forced fumbles at his safety position while rushing for over 700 yards behind the senior starting tailback in 2007. While he's open to playing any position, he feels most comfortable at safety.

"I love playing safety. You get to use your speed in coverage and go for the pick," Jackson said. "Or you can get physical and make the big hit on a receiver or come up and make the hit on the back at the line of scrimmage."

Jackson's thick, physical frame to go along with his 4.52 forty speed and his hard hitting, playmaking style is not the only attributes that are attracting college coaches to Kirbyville. His academics are very impressive.

"I have a 3.3 GPA and I've already scored a 24 on the ACT so I'm fully qualified. That's why Stanford and Rice like me. I have the academics," Jackson said. "My mom likes the academic schools and the Ivy League schools. She'd like to see me there."

Despite his initial attraction to Texas A&M, and his mom's fancy for the likes of Stanford and Rice, Jackson says he's still very open to the recruiting process and wants to take his time weighing his options before choosing a school.

"I don't want to take the first offer that comes my way. There's more to life than just football and I have to be comfortable with the university and the surroundings," Jackson said. "I'll probably wait until after my senior season and take some visits before committing to a school."

But the East Texas product did say that the Aggies are very high on his list.

"My mother and I were talking about it," Jackson said. "I'm going to be looking and evaluating a lot of different schools, but there's no doubt Texas A&M will be in that top list when it's all said and done."

In the meantime, Jackson will have a busy spring and summer, participating on his school's 7-on-7 team, and attending several summer camps with his teammates. They are scheduled to participate in camps at Baylor, Texas A&M, Rice, and Oklahoma State.

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