Florida WR Recaps Rutgers Visit

Kalif Jackson's brother is graduating from Princeton this week, so the Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher receiver used he trip north to visit Rutgers.

Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher receiver Kalif Jackson was in New Jersey to attend the graduation of his brother, Malik Jackson, a quarterback at Princeton.

So after the family settled in Monday morning, the 6-foot-4, 190-pound Kalif added in a Monday later afternoon recruiting trip.

"Since I was 15 minutes away from Rutgers, I figured I might as well visit the school," Jackson said. "Even if it was convenient, I wouldn't have visited if I wasn't interested. I wouldn't waste their time."

Jackson, who was one of the standouts at the U.S. Army underclassmen combine in January in San Antonio, Texas, saw his offer list grow exponentially in the spring.

In addition to Rutgers, Jackson's offer list includes California, Duke, Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, Louisville, Maryland, Missouri, Purdue, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

However, Monday was spent at Rutgers, where his image of the program was changed.

"I liked the school a lot," he said. "They recruited my brother a while back. When he went to visit, it was totally different than when I went there. When he went, it was a little more negative. It seems like the school has come full circle and it's just a good program."

The players were working out when Jackson arrived, so he didn't get to speak with them.

"I spent time with the whole coaching staff, from (assistant) coach (Darryl) Wilson to the receivers coach (Ben McDaniel)," Jackson said. "I spent a lot of time with the receivers coach. He's a cool dude, an honest guy, means well. I like him. I could tell he's a good person, and that is what matters."

There was also a meeting with coach Kyle Flood.

"He's a good dude," Jackson said. "His message was if I go there, I'm going to get a good degree, I'm going to go to a good school, I'm going to have the opportunity to play early and be in a good environment. It's family oriented."

If Jackson needs to learn about the inner workings of Rutgers, he does have an inside connection. He went to middle school with Scarlet Knights freshman cornerback Kam Lott.

"I'll probably chill with him (today)," Jackson said. "He loves Rutgers. He never says anything negative about Rutgers. He loves Rutgers. He's not that big, but he does everything right. He's always in the right place."

Jackson, who wants to decide before the start of his senior season, said he will look to trim his list later this month. He will camp with his team at Florida on Friday.


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