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March 20, 2008

Recruiting action heats up for Jackson

Last year, Tennessee passed on Farragut running back and Knoxville product Andre Sterling. Sterling signed with Ole Miss.

This year, the Admirals have another player who is garnering a lot of attention early on in the the recruiting process in the form of 6-foot-4, 280-pound offensive lineman Will Jackson.

"So far, I don't have a leader," Jackson said. "There are schools I look at more seriously, but I enjoy the schools that are talking to me so far."

Jackson has offers from Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Ole Miss, MTSU and West Virginia. He has also seen a lot of interest from Auburn, Alabama and Tennessee recently.

Growing up so close to the Volunteer program, Jackson says he's seen his fair share of games at Neyland Stadium.

"I wasn't necessarily a diehard fan," Jackson said. "I've always been around it and liked them.

"Being around it so much, I see a great program. Their facilities are top-notch and Coach (Phillip) Fulmer is a great guy. He's not just a coach. He's a father figure. He cares about you and that impressed me a lot."

With a big, athletic frame, Jackson says his relentless play is his biggest asset.

"I think my number one thing is my effort," Jackson said. "I have quick feet and I'm big and strong. I try to get 10 to 20 yards downfield and knock down a safety. I give 120 percent on every down."

Jackson paved the way for Farragut's running game last fall, but he was very humble when talking about his part in Sterling's big senior season.

"You can't describe what blocking for him was like," Jackson said. "We got too much credit. We just had to give him a crease, and he was gone. It was a treat blocking for him."

On spring break at the moment getting a nice tan on the beach in Florida, Jackson said he was ready to get back to work in the weight room.

"Right now, I'm lifting weights between four and six times a week," Jackson said. "I'm also doing agility drills to become faster and get my feet quicker.”

A decision by Jackson will be made by late summer or early fall if everything goes according to plan.

"I'm shooting for a late-August or early-September decision," Jackson said. "I want to get it over with before my season starts. I don't think it would be fair to my teammates at Farragut. I want to be able to focus on everything."


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