June 23, 2008

Tenn OL trims his list to seven

Three star offensive guard Will Jackson from Farragut High School in Knoxville, Tenn. has been making the rounds of college campuses across the Southeast and is now ready to slow the process down and trim his list.

The 6-foot-4, 280 pound prospect has made a trip to Ole Miss, to Alabama, and three trips to Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Vanderbilt as well as other unofficial visits.

"I'm trying to take a break now and space some of my trips, I was run down after the trips in the spring where we were on the road about every weekend," Jackson said on Sunday. "I'm trying to get in as many workouts as I can now and get in as many visits as possible."

Jackson has offers from Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, North Carolina State, Georgia Tech, Kentucky, Stanford, Wake Forest, West Virginia, Middle Tennessee and Marshall.

On Sunday, Jackson said he's trimmed his list to seven - six of which have offered.

"I kind of like Stanford, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Georgia Tech, Auburn, Wake Forest, and Kentucky," he said. "All have offered except Auburn and I'm going down there in about two weeks to camp to see if I get an offer. I'm no longer considering the other schools."

"The 'other schools' include some that have offered and some that haven't. Schools that have offered that apparently have come off the list are North Carolina State, Marshall and Middle Tennessee. Schools he's no longer considering - most of which he visited - and have yet to offer are Alabama, North Carolina, and Clemson.

On the list of seven, the two schools that Jackson has yet to visit are Stanford and West Virginia.

"I want to visit those two schools before I make a decision," he said.

Jackson also has one other priority before committing.

"Getting back to Ole Miss is a priority," he said. "That will be for an unofficial visit, I don't think I'm going to camp there."

The Rebels "elite' senior camp is on July 26.

Jackson said he hopes to have a decision in about a month.

Ole Miss is recruiting Jackson as an offensive tackle, as are most of the schools in the mix for his services. Georgia Tech is recruiting him as a guard.

"I've played all three positions," Jackson said. "I would prefer to play tackle because that's what I've played the most.

"My strength is effort. I go 110 percent on every play. I'm a hard-nosed guy. I think I have good feet and I can block a defensive lineman as well as a safety. I want to get better at getting that initial pop."

Jackson first visited Ole Miss on Mar. 1 for the Rebels' first junior day of the year.

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