January 11, 2012

Spartans target Ohio DL for final spot

One of the players the Michigan State staff is taking a serious look at is Terrell Jackson of Marion-Franklin High School in Columbus, Ohio. SpartanMag.com caught up with the 6-foot-3, 270-pound prospect and got the details on his recruitment.

Every year a player or two see his recruiting stock rise significantly as signing day approaches. This is especially true in a state like Ohio that is loaded with talent and is known for producing a high number of D1 prospects. Over the years Michigan State has struck gold in Ohio with late rising prospects such as LeVeon Bell, Aaron Bates, David Herron, Danny Fortener and Eric Smith. This year Jackson is a player the staff is closely evaluating.

Jackson was son the radar of numerous MAC school prior to his season and picked up numerous scholarship offers. However, his senior film is what has numerous BCS programs now showing heavy interest. We asked Jackson about his current recruiting situation.
I have 24 scholarship offers all together, Jackson stated. The most recent schools to offer me are Illinois and Pittsburgh. I have visits lined up to both of those schools as well as Michigan State.
Jackson made a commitment to Duke University back in December after taking an official visit to Durham. That commitment is now viewed as a "soft" verbal as Jackson is exploring other options.
Jackson plans on taking his 3 final official visits and then making his college choice.

The Spartans have yet to offer Jackson, but that may be more of a formality that anything. The Spartans have invited him up the weekend of January 21st. That weekend is the same weekend that Spartans will have the majority of committed players on campus as well. No doubt the staff would like Jackson to meet and interact with the people that could be his future teammates.

We asked Jackson about what the Spartans like about him as a player and his thoughts of the Michigan State.

"My quickness and explosion off the ball, he said. "I tend to move a lot faster than guys you see my size. Michigan State is a great school. That is somewhere where I would love to be for four years. And with a great football program they have as well, the sky would be the limit"

That quickness and explosiveness off the ball is what allowed Jackson to record 75 tackles and 20 sacks as a senior for Marion-Franklin High School. Michigan State loves to get after the quarterbacks and disrupt plays in the backfield, which is what Jackson is known for.

Jackson strong senior season garnered him plenty of post-season accolades. He was a 1stteam All-Conference Selection, 1 State Team All-City selection and 1st Team All Ohio as well. He was also recently selected to play in the Ohio North-South All Star Game.

Jackson is being recruited for the Spartan Coach Mike Tressel. Defensive line Coach Ted Gill is also actively involved in the process. Jackson informed Rivals that the Spartans are very serious in their interests.

"I've been on the phone with my recruiter from [Michigan State], Coach (Mike) Tressel," Jackson said. "I was telling him that I wouldn't come unless there was going to be an offer because that would be a waste of time. He said I wouldn't want you to come up if we weren't going to offer you."

The scholarship slot for Jackson is likely a direct result of the departure of fellow Ohio and Spartan All-American Jerel Worthy. The Spartans have yet to sign a defensive tackle for this class so that could bode well for Jackson.

SpartanMag.com will continue to keep in contact with Jackson over the next 2 weeks. He has indicated that he wants to take all of his visits prior to making his choice, however he is also aware that this late in the process, scholarship spots are limited and a school like Michigan State has numerous prospects that would love to grab a spot. It looks like Jackson may get the first chance to do that based on the weekend he is coming in.

NOTE: Rivals.com list Jackson as weighing 255-pounds, Spartsnmag.com have seen a variety of weights on him some as high as 285-pounds. Jackson confirmed to us his weight of 270. Jackson already carries that weight very well and he should easily be able to add some more quality mass without losing any quickness. We look for him to be a player in the 290-pound range when he hits the playing field at the next level.

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