Jackson Juggles his 35 Offers

Since receiving attention from schools as early as his freshman year, Tampa (FL) Jesuit linebacker Vincent Jackson is getting ready for his senior year with 35 scholarships offers to choose from, including one from Wisconsin.

Tampa (FL) Jesuit linebacker Vincent Jackson had schools noticing of him since his breakout freshman year. Now as a senior and with college coaches recruiting him for the past three years, Jackson will finally have to make a commitment.

"I kind of did a top list," Jackson told Badger Nation. "It's always changing. It's not set in stone right now. My favorites are Alabama, Oregon, USF, Miami and USC. Maybe Notre Dame too, but I'm not sure."

The 6-3, 240-pound linebacker failed to mention Wisconsin among his favorites, but that doesn't mean the Badgers are out of the running just yet, considering Jackson has not decided what schools he will pick for his five official visits. A trip to Madison could be in the future for the three-star recruit and No. 46 outside linebacker in the nation by Fox Sports Next.

"I'm still looking at Wisconsin. At this point, it's just a matter of visiting," said Jackson. "I like the tradition at Wisconsin. The fact that it is consistently one of the top-notch programs is appealing to me.

"Coach (Dave) Aranda is still trying to recruit me. I just talked to him sometime this month. I contact the coaches when I want to. I try and keep in touch with all the coaches that I'm interested in frequently."

Jackson has turned from a young player recording 18 tackles and one sack as a freshman to a junior finishing this past season with 78 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 7.5 sacks as a junior. Since then, he's been working even harder to improve his game for his senior year.

"I'm really focusing on my speed and agility more than anything," said Jackson. "Getting stronger is easy, but you can't get faster unless you really work at it. That's all I've been focusing on."

Jackson only took unofficial visits to Alabama and Auburn this summer and has only made it to seven or eight schools for a visit throughout high school.

"I'm taking my time," said Jackson. "Maybe I'll know by mid-fall where I want to play but I don't know yet."

Top schools like Wisconsin are eager to get the versatile linebacker on their rosters for next fall. If the Badgers can't get him to commit, the Badgers will get a second chance with the Jackson family…in 2018.

"I have a younger brother, Levi Jackson, who is probably going to be a top recruit when he comes out of high school," said Jackson. "He's a skill player. He can play running back, quarterback, receiver and safety. He's a good athlete.

"Levi is the best athlete. Everyone basically knows in Tampa that he's the better athlete (than me). He grew up doing stuff that I didn't do. I taught him things I never learned when I was growing up. He's like 6-ft and 170 already."

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