Jackson Shutting Down Receivers; Recruiting

Cornerback Jamar Jackson checks in at 5'9 and does not have the fastest 40-times in the world, but he does have one thing in his favor -- the ability to shut down receivers. It all started this week against Granby and big-time junior wide receiver Chris Bell.

"We just finished playing [our first game] last Thursday and we lost that game," Jackson said this week. "I caught an interception and held [top junior receiver] Chris Bell to about 42-yards receiving. He didn't do nothing on me. I played on offense, but they were triple teaming me and stuff," Jackson said.

Jackson, whose team has a bye-week this week, is working this season to improve his quickness and footspeed this season while also working on his bump-and-run coverage.

Currently, Jackson has a short list of schools he is interested in. Maryland, Virginia Tech, Virginia, Wake Forest, Nebraska and Marshall currently comprise some of his favorites, though Jackson has not officially narrowed down his list.

The 5'8 Bethel High School cornerback plans set his recruitment to the side for now -- choosing to wait to take his visits after the season. "I probably won't [set up visits] until after the season," he said. Instead, Jackson will focus on his season at hand and look forward to a match-up with Hampton wide receiver Todd Nolen.

"Todd Nolen," Jackson said. "He's my toughest competition this year. He probably had about 45-yards receiving [in last year's game.] He didn't score on me."

If Jackson continues to perfect the cover skills that have helped him to be known as one of the top corners in the state, Nolen just might go another year without scoring on the Bethel prospect.

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