Jackson Holds Down The Middle For The Reivers

Iowa Western DL Merrick Jackson (6-3, 335) enjoyed a solid freshman season with the Reivers last fall and he's hoping once schools begin dropping by this spring that they will take a look at what he can do so he can have another opportunity to play at a four-year program...

Jackson was a sought-after prospect after he finished his prep career at Althoff Catholic High School in Belleville, Il., signing with the home-state school.

"I committed to Illinois out of high school and didn't qualify so they told me I should come to Iowa Western," Jackson told JCFootball.com recently. "I liked the staff here and they get a lot of guys out (to four year programs), so I'm glad I made the choice to come here."

While playing both interior positions, something required of Reivers defensive linemen, Jackson posted 52 tackles, five sacks, 10.5 tackles-for-loss, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and an interception.

"No one is pushing me off the line and I can take up double team but I also like to think I win the majority of my (pass-rush) one-on-ones so, I don't know, I'm probably better versus the run, but I can still get to the quarterback," Jackson said.

As far as recruiting is concerned, as of this writing, no schools have made contact, but he's hopeful things pick up this spring and with his size, quickness and natural strength, Jackson should be a hot commodity during the May evaluation period.

Jackson has been hard at work getting his academics in order and he's on pace to finish up his two-year degree in December. He will have three years to play two following the 2015 football season.

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