As the summer slowly comes to an end, things are steadily gaining momentum for one Heard County High…
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One of the top running backs in the nation is Dontavius Jackson. Jackson, from Franklin (Ga.) Heard County High School, is a four-star back and he's currently ranked No. 19 at that position. Last year as a junior he rushed for 2,206 yards on 195 carries and scored 26 touchdowns while averaging 11.6 yards per game. "I think I have great vision and great speed," said Jackson. "I can get outside and I can catch to. I think I am a pretty complete back but I do need to work on my blocking." According to Jackson he has quite a few offers and at this time he has narrowed things down to five schools. "I do have a top five but no leader. I like Georgia, Alabama, Clemson, LSU and Penn State. Georgia is a great school and a great running back school. Athens is a great place to be and I like their offense. They have a great quarterback and they can be a powerful team at times. "Alabama has a great coaching staff and a real good offense line. I camped there this past summer and I really enjoyed it. They are intense and they will run the ball. "Clemson is another great place to be. Right now they have a great one-two punch. Clemson will run the ball and it's a great offense. "LSU is a powerful team to. They always seem to compete for something and they always have big time running backs. Baton Rouge seems like a great place to be. "Penn State is all about coach (Joe) Paterno. It seems like a wonderful place and Penn State has a history of putting running backs in the NFL. And they are a very good academic school." "Jackson would like to make all of his visits and he hopes to make a decision sometime in October. He has scheduled one official visit so far to Clemson (10-20). "My coaches are trying to set up the rest so we are in the process of working all that out. Basically my decision will come down to playing time, atmosphere, and I want to compete for a championship." Jackson also plans on graduating early. He carries a 3.6 GPA and has scored an 860 on the SAT. "I want to adapt to the offense, compete for the starting (RB) job and just get a hard start." Jackson, 5-11 and 192 pounds, has good vision, balance and cutting ability. Jackson hits the hole hard and is a patient runner, waiting for things to set up and utilizing his vision to find an opening. At times Jackson shows some explosion but he's more of a power back that has the ability to run through defenders. He can good enough speed to get around the edge but is at his best between the tackles. Jackson can move a pile and gives good effort.
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