By: Shane Kinnee
Toledo Scout Contributor
St. Edward High School, located in Lakewood, Ohio, has been a breeding ground for producing division-one defensive backs within the last few recruiting cycles. Over the past few years, former players like Shaun Crawford, David Dowell, and Andrew Dowell ended up going to programs like Notre Dame and Michigan State.
The next great defensive back at St. Edward might be 2017 CB Melvin Jackson. Over the years, Jackson has had a chance to watch and follow in the footsteps of the past prospects. The Toledo coaching staff is one of the few schools who sees what Jackson can turn into the next few years. As a result, he has turned into a top-target for the Toledo coaching staff.
“Coach Candle stays in contact with me a couple times a week to just check in and see how things are going,” Jackson said about Toledo. “Other position coaches come through every now and then as well to touch base and continue their pursuit of making me feel like the Rocket they want me to be. I've had contact with Coach Robinson who is the cornerbacks coach, coach Hallett, and coach McCollum. Coach Watson also came to the school for a morning workout.”
The Rockets have recruited Jackson very hard over the past few weeks. Even though Jackson has offers from Eastern Kentucky, Buffalo, Ball State, Akron and Kent State, Toledo is a school that is sticking out a little more than others.
“I am very high on Toledo, especially as of late what I've noticed. Things like becoming a top twenty-five team in the nation, handling the MAC very well and continuing to to be a team to be reckoned with every snap of a game. I love the man-to-man defense they play, but they do a great job mixing in different coverages that confuse offenses. Toledo is definitely a school near the top, there's no clear-cut favorite, but Toledo is a top priority to look into more times to come.”
Jackson recently visited Toledo back in March, but it won’t be too long before he is back on campus. During the summer, Jackson and his family plan to visit Toledo. Not to mention, they will also get an official visit from the St. Edwards High School standout in the fall.
“I can't remember the exact date I visited, but it was some time in March I believe. The visit was great and I even got a chance to see a practice. I mainly just got a feel for what a typical day is like for a football player at Toledo and watched them practice for about an hour.
“My family and I do not have a specific date to when I plan on visiting Toledo, but June and July would be the months I plan on visiting schools. I am still undecided about who I will spend my five officials on, so that is still to be determined. Toledo will most likely make that list for my official visits.”
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