Tiemann, Jackson make decisions

Two players once considered Wisconsin targets made commitments public Monday

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The Insiders reported Monday that linebacker Luke Tiemann and running back Brandon Jackson had made their college decisions.

 

Tiemann, a linebacker from Pflugerville, Texas, was offered a scholarship to Wisconsin last fall and had long held the Badgers as one of his top choices. Wisconsin, though, appeared to back off recruiting Tiemann after receiving verbal commits from linebackers Jammar Crane and Nick Sutton.

 

Tiemann also had scholarship offers from Kansas, Minnesota, Purdue and Houston, among others, but has decided to walk-on at Texas.

 

"I'm going to Texas," Tiemann told Stacey Dean. "I know some people will chastise me for walking on, but the education there is just really good. Our financial status is good enough that I really don't need a scholarship to play ball and go to college some place else.

 

"I just wanted to make sure that I picked the best place for me, so I looked around. But Texas is the place for me. My brother goes to school there and I'm really close to him. My parents graduated from there and are doing really well. The education alone is worth going to school there. So that's where I'm going."

 

Jackson, a running back, is another talented Texas product who did not end up fitting into Wisconsin's plans. Originally scheduled to visit Madison, Wis. in December, he was contacted a few days before the visit and told not to make the trip. The same thing happened with Arizona, where Jackson was supposed to visit in January. The Wildcats and Oklahoma, which had also been recruiting him during his senior season, stopped doing so completely as of late.

 

The question is not talent—Jackson has good size, good speed and was an 1,000-yard rusher at Houston's B.T. Washington High School—but academics. Jackson has committed to UTEP, but that is pending an official visit and qualifying academically. He has a 2.8 GPA and scored a 14 on the ACT and a 720 on the SAT.

 

"It was a last minute thing," Jackson said of his commitment, as reported by Allen Wallace. "Things got crazy and they were the last ones standing. All the other schools dropped off."

 

"I haven't even been to UTEP yet. I'm visiting them after Signing Day. If I take my visit and don't like it I'll go to a juco, but I plan to sign with UTEP on Signing Day.

 

"If I don't qualify UTEP said they could Prop 48 me."


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