Earlier this week, Shreveport Evangel defensive lineman Brandon Jackson made no secret that his visit to Texas A&M for a junior day and spring practice last week was a big success and that the Aggies jumped to the front of the line in terms of leading for his services. On Wednesday, he went a step further and became Texas A&M's fourteenth commitment in the class of 2010 and sixth verbal pledge in less than a week.
"I had my eye on A&M for a while and I decided it was time," Jackson said. "I was talking to the athletic director about how much I liked A&M and felt comfortable there, and he said if that's where I want to be then there's no reason to delay. I thought about it and agreed with him."
The 6-foot-4, 288-pound lineman decided to give assistant coach Randy Jordan a call Wednesday afternoon to give him the good news. It was a memorable exchange that Jackson said confirmed why he wanted to play for the Texas A&M coaching staff.
"I started talking to him like normal and we were just conversing when I said ‘Coach, go ahead and get my No. 49 jersey ready for me,'" Jackson said. "Coach then said ‘Are you saying what I think you're saying?'. I said ‘Yes sir, I am.' He got excited and couldn't put his words together he was so elated."
Jackson indicated that all of the schools recruiting him (Arkansas, Louisiana Tech, Texas Tech, Mississippi State) are good schools and it was a tough decision, but he said that his comfort level with the Bryan/College Station community and the coaches, players, and people was a big factor in his decision.
"It just felt like home," Jackson said. "Bryan/College Station is a lot like Shreveport/Bossier City. The people are nice and down to earth. It's just a good environment for me."
The other important factor in his decision was the academics and specifically his ability to study music and receive a degree in the music composition.
"Getting an education in music composition is important to me. After football, it's what I want to do for a career," Jackson said. "Other schools have good music programs, but so does A&M and it's the environment and the people I want to be with for the next four years."
According to the Shreveport native, the coaching staff plans to utilize him as a strongside defensive end in the 4-3 and a three-technique defensive tackle in the team's 3-4 sets. Either way, Jackson says he's a guy that will do whatever it takes to beat his man and get to the backfield.
"I'm just a wild and aggressive guy. I'll do anything to get an OL's hands off of me so I can make a move and get the quarterback," Jackson said. "I'm a wild bandit that will do whatever it takes. I'll pull you, thug you, and throw you around to get into the backfield and make a play."
Due to the ACT and his junior prom, Jackson won't be able to make the spring game on April 18. He hopes to make it back in the summer for a camp. He said his recruiting process is most likely over and does not have any other visits planned at this time.
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