Although scholarships are at a premium for Wisconsin, and the Badgers have already landed a transfer in former four-star tailback Chris James, running back coach John Settle is still looking to possibly add another runner to the program’s rich stable of ball carriers.
Receiving his offer from the Badgers last month, Atlanta Pace Academy running back, Deon Jackson was visited by Settle on Thursday, calling the opportunity to play at Wisconsin “exciting and a blessing.”
“Wisconsin is Running Back University, in my opinion, and I could see myself playing there,” Jackson told BadgerNation. “It's definitely an intriguing offer."
Receiving over 20 offers since his junior season ended, the 6-0, 203-pound back said Louisville, Maryland, Oregon State, West Virginia and Wisconsin are recruiting him the hardest.
"Wisconsin has a rich history and I'd love to be a part of that,” Jackson said. “I love the coaching staff and we stay in contact. Wisconsin is the school I hear most from and are definitely up there for my recruitment. It means a lot to me when I know a school likes me, and Wisconsin does that. It means a lot when they travel across country to visit me. It felt great and me and coach Settle got along great."
Jackson wants to take his time and enjoy the process, but he has a decision timeline for late summer.
"Honestly, I plan on visiting Wisconsin late summer before my decision date. Jackson says "Coach Settle told me I'm a top prospect for them and he wants me to get up to Madison soon, so I'll definitely be planning a trip up there. I can't wait to see what Madison holds, and it will be awesome to meet the rest of the staff. That visit will dictate my decision a great deal. I'm expecting a lot knowing Wisconsin, and hopefully they blow me away, because they already have with their persistent and recruiting tactics."