Jackson Favors Deacs

One of the top linebackers in the state of North Carolina this season will be Justin Jackson of Richmond County High School. DeaconSports recently spoke with Jackson about his recruitment and his performance at a recent Shrine Bowl combine.

For some reason, Justin Jackson has been flying under the radar up until recently. That may very well change after his recent showing at a recent Shrine Bowl combine in Charlotte. Jackson put up some very impressive numbers at the combine including 17 bench reps at 185 pounds, a 4.51 forty time, 36' vertical, and a 4.15 shuttle time. Combine that with his stats last season which consisted of 133 tackles, 5 forced fumbles, 4 fumble recoveries, 4 sacks, and 1 interception and you can see why the Wake coaches have made Jackson a priority.

"It means a lot to me that Wake offered first. They were the first to offer so they were the first school I looked at. I have been there twice and really enjoyed it. I toured the campus and met all of the coaches which was real nice. I would have to say they are my favorite now."

The recruiting process itself is a mixed bag for Jackson. "I kind of enjoy the process but at the same time it is irritating. I hope to get my decision made soon. Especially before my season starts."

Jackson has offers from Wake Forest and Duke at this point and claims he is not shopping around for other offer. "I am not waiting on any other offers. I just want to make sure of my decision before I commit anywhere."

Jackson has spent the off season by running the 100, 200, and 400 meter events for his high school. It is hard to believe he is a 6'1, 215 pound linebacker. With all of his talent and athleticism, Jackson will be a fantastic outside linebacker at the next level.


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