April 27, 2009

Pitt going hard after Jackson

Hazlet (N.J.) Raritan wide receiver Bennett Jackson is remaining open to all of the schools recruiting him, but when you ask him who is recruiting him the hardest he can tell you right away.

The 6-foot-1, 165-pound wide out has an offer list that tells you he's a big-time prospect, at least in the minds of college coaches. Who would he say has been on him the hardest?

"Pitt's probably recruiting me the hardest," Jackson said. "It's helping them. They have a really cool coach -- coach (Jeff) Hafley (Pitt's secondary coach). He came down today and watched my track practice."

While football is where Jackson knows his future is, he's doing just fine in track right now. Last year at this time he was running the 100 in 11.0 seconds. He has improved to the point where is now runs a 10.8, and he's confident that by his next major event he will be running the 100 in 10.7 seconds. That increase in speed has greatly increased his overall stock as a prospect.

"I've just been talking to coaches and some of them have been coming to the school," he said. "Rutgers and Pittsburgh came today. Richmond is coming Wednesday and Minnesota's coming on Friday."

As for his summer plans?

"I'm going to take a few trips to schools that have offered," he said. "It depends on if I get any new offers. I guess we'll know by late May."

Boston College, Northwestern and Rutgers were the last three schools to offer Jackson. He also holds scholarships from schools like Notre Dame, Iowa, Maryland, Minnesota and others.

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