Making an Impact
Four men. Four lives in football. Four futures still left to play.
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So far, the two-year starter has scholarship offers from Boston College, Louisville, Michigan, East Carolina, Rutgers, Syracuse, James Madison and UD.
“I think there’ll be a lot more to come,” Jackson says.
Moffett advises his players who move to the next level to visualize each school without football, then decide if they will be comfortable there academically and socially. Jackson is looking for a school where “the people are down to earth, not just trying to put on a show ’cause I’m coming to visit.”
Both Moffett and Madric have helped Jackson improve his grades, and he knows what is truly important at the college level: the degree. “Most likely I’m going to do a double major in sports management and communications,” he says. “With sports management, I was thinking like a sports agency-type thing where, if I do make it into the NFL, I can be my own agent. And communications, even if I don’t make it or after I retired, I’d be able to be a commentator for college or NFL games. If that didn’t work out, be a coach.”
With the start of the school year, recruiters can visit and call more frequently, so the pressure on Jackson to make a choice will intensify. So far, he seems to be enjoying the process and looks forward to his five official visits. Meanwhile, he wants to close out his high school career by topping 5,000 rushing yards (he’s just under 4,000 now) and winning the state championship.
He is grateful for the opportunity that lies ahead—a chance to lead a life far different from his father’s.
“All the coaches that offered me, I’ve called them and thanked them,” he says. “Giving somebody a full scholarship, that’s a lot of money. They put a lot of time and effort into it, and I appreciate it.”
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