Getting scholarship offers from schools like Vanderbilt, Michigan State, Boston College, Northwestern, Cincinnati, Tennessee, Maryland, North Carolina State, Stanford, Louisville and Wisconsin, Jackson, while continuing to look at new offers with rapid succession, has been working hard in this off-season to keep himself in top form.
"My workout includes lifting and running with the team four days a week, along with watching film to fix any mistakes I have made in the past," Jackson told Badger Nation. "I've been working on certain drills to improve my agility and quickness."
In addition working on certain techniques and aspects of his game, Jackson (6-foot-4, 250 pounds) has been researching his options and his offers, one of which is an intriguing offer from the Badgers.
"I really liked it up there when I visited and Coach Rudolph, who I have been in regular contact with, is a great guy. Wisconsin is the first school to pursue me as a defensive tackle," said Jackson. "I came really impressed with the campus, the facilities and the way the team conducts itself. Wisconsin really surprised me and I am extremely impressed with their program."
Jackson went on to say that although offensive guard is his natural position, playing defensive tackle for the Badgers would be the perfect fit in to their scheme. Jackson feels that he would make a positive impact on the Badgers both on and off the field.
"I'm a hard worker in the weight room which would transfer to on the field success," said Jackson, who led his team to a 10-1 record and a trip to the state semifinals last season. "I'm a vocal leader now for my team and eventually I could be that with experience at the next level."
Jackson's plans for the upcoming months include making visits to Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Ohio State, his childhood favorite. He also plans to keep working out and conditioning with his team.
Even with many offers coming in right now, Jackson's main focus is pursuing and winning the state championship next season. Jackson plans to sit down with his parents in the near future and discuss when he wants to announce a commitment. Right now for interested schools, it's a sit and wait process.
"I need to have an open mind because you never know what will be the best fit," Jackson said. "Although I wasn't a fan of some of these schools when I was a kid, I have gained a lot of respect for each program I've visited during this process."