Turning Heads Early

Although the Badgers have a lot more recruiting to do between now and then, it appears Wisconsin, along with many other BCS schools around the country, are starting to take a closer look at a young running back from North Carolina.

MADISON - Recruits in the Class of 2013 have just begun their sophomore year of high school. Most of the prospects haven't had much experience on the gridiron, let alone contact with college coaches, but that isn't the case for Desmond Jackson.

Jackson, a running back/cornerback from West Rowan High School (Mount Ulla, NC), has received interest from a number of programs from around the country.

Florida State, Florida, Oregon State, Maryland, Ohio State, Nebraska. North Carolina, Oklahoma, Auburn, Wisconsin, and LSU are just a few of the schools that are taking a look at Jackson.

"(Coaches) first started showing interest at the beginning of my freshman year," Jackson told Badger Nation. "It was Nebraska to send me my first mail. I was excited about it and looked at it everyday."

While the talented sophomore doesn't have any favorites at this early stage of his recruitment, he has taken some visits to gather information about different schools.

"I went to Maryland and Wake Forest," Jackson said. "Maryland loves me already and wants to see me more in action this year."

Jackson just wants to get bigger, faster and stronger for this upcoming season. With the added strength and speed, Jackson could put up even more impressive numbers in 2010.

"I am more of a finesse runner, but I will get that first down when needed," Jackson explained. "I want to preserve my body and be a smart runner."

The 5-foot-9, 160 pound prospect put up great numbers of both sides of the ball during his freshman season. He had 3,916 total yards from scrimmage with 18 touchdowns, and five interceptions on defense.

Jackson's recruitment has only begun, but at the pace it is at he could have one of the most exciting recruitments in the Class of 2013.

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