Jackson Collects First Offer

Richmond County High School in Rockingham, North Carolina is historically known as one of the most talented football schools in the state. Every year, the Raider program develops talented Division I caliber players and the class of 2009 is no exception.

Justin Jackson is not the typical Richmond County High School prospect, however. Most prospects out of the Richmond County program are highly publicized, highly recruited players. However, Jackson has flown under the radar heading into the camp season but that has begun to change.

Jackson's 4.5 speed at 6'1, 205-pounds and his style of play have caught the eye of Demon Deacon defensive coordinator Brad Lambert. "I think I'm pretty fast and physical," Jackson said of his game. Jackson is currently continuing to work on his game to prepare himself for the camp season, his senior season, and his collegiate future. "I'm focused mainly on my first step," he noted.

Wake Forest recently offered Jackson a scholarship and a host of other schools are beginning to show heavy interest in the Rockingham native. "I'm talking to Wake Forest and South Carolina and N.C. State and the other ones I haven't heard a lot from." Jackson has been to Wake Forest, N.C. State, East Carolina, and South Carolina for visits to date.

Jackson took a trip to Winston-Salem a few weeks ago and received an offer from Wake Forest during the visit. "They sent an email asking them to come to their school," Jackson said. "I went and as soon as I got there, [Coach Lambert] said he was going to offer me and they showed me around the school and we went to the basketball game."

Jackson, who hopes to visit Wake Forest again soon, put together an impressive junior campaign at Richmond County, totaling 133 tackles and one interception on the season. This summer, the 3.0 student plans to attend several camps and combines including N.C. State's camp, a NIKE Combine, and the Shrine Bowl Combine. Jackson expects to make his college decision over the summer.

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