March 6, 2011

Safety Zach Jackson holds offer from Army

Zach Jackson may have a little more size and perhaps slightly taller than his brother Josh Jackson, who is the starting cornerback for the Black Knights of Army. But don't let think for one moment that the prospect out of Snellville (Ga) Brookwood High School doesn't look up to his big brother.

"I was in middle school while he was in high school, says the 5-foot-11 1/2, 177 pound Jackson as he laughs at the fact that he is not a little bigger than his older brother.

"He played corner and punt returner and I looked up to him … he's a mentor for me."
Since they never played together in high school, have the siblings considered playing together, especially since Zach's initial college offer is from Army?

"We said it would be a great atmosphere to play together, but I'm not 100% sure if that lifestyle (West Point) is for me, but I am still open to them recruiting me … yes sir."

"I got my offer from Army last month and brother told me they were about to offer me. I have been there for my brother's game and they told me they were going to offer me. That felt great. I didn't know how to take it, my emotions were everywhere. So many people doubted me and said I couldn't do this or do that, so it was nice to prove them wrong.

And although Jackson is receptive to Army's offer and their strong interest, the Black Knights will have their work cut out for them, even with older brother hoping to see his younger brother in the black & gold. The prospect out of Georgia pointed out that presently his top five schools in no particular order are Florida State, North Carolina, Wisconsin, Mississippi State and Virginia Tech.

For Jackson, he is enjoying the early recruiting process and his will most likely pickup as time moves forward. "Things are going good right now," he said on Friday.

"Penn State, Virginia Tech, Mississippi State and Wisconsin are the three showing strong interest and Army has already offered me. The coach from Wisconsin is coming to see me next month."

"I'm going to Mississippi State tomorrow evening for their Junior Day … me and one of my teammates, along with my dad are going up there. My dad talk to the recruiting coach this evening and said I was their top recruit and they would offer me on Saturday."

They offer came to past this weekend, where the defensive back returned home from his unofficial visit at MSU with an offer.

Last season his primary role at Brookwood was on defense, where he had 5 interceptions (3 for tds), 3 pass breakups and 90 tackles, along with 2 forced fumbles.

Jackson, who played free safety last year, but will be playing strong safety this season joins teammate and running back, Nick Tompkins as top level recruits on Army's prospect chart.

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