Defensive lineman talks Missouri offer and recruitment…
Jackson's starting over
"It was pretty busy out here this spring with coaches stopping by. Most of my offers came during the spring and I have a lot of offers now. Alabama, UCF, Georgia, Miami, South Florida, Baylor, Missouri, Oklahoma State, Auburn, Oklahoma, Texas Tech, and a few more have offered me a full scholarship," said Toby Jackson. "Most of the coaches called my coach to offer me, but I got a few of the offers through letters in the mail too. It has been pretty busy out here, but I have been working hard, and I am glad this is happening." It is happening for the second time in Jackson's football career. He was a top recruit in 2008 and was arguably the top prospect in the state of Georgia that year. He had over 20 offers then and he is closing in on 20 offers again in the summer of 2010. "I am really starting over again. I have learned a lot since leaving Griffin (GA) and I think I am a better person and a better football player. I have really changed and I have learned a lot from the coaches here at Navarro." Jackson left high school at around 245 pounds and he is now 255 pounds. He has grown an inch too. He is now standing at 6-feet, 5-inches tall. Out of high school he signed a letter of intent to play at the University of Georgia, but even though the Dawgs have offered, he is looking at everyone in the same way right now. "I still like Georgia and I have nothing against Georgia, but I am definitely not a lock to going back there," he said. "I have talked to the coaches at Georgia and we are on good terms, so if they want to re-recruit me like everyone else, they will have a shot." "I am going to look at each school carefully this time, see what school is right for me, and make a very good decision. Everyone has a chance right now." The school UGA beat for Jackson in 2008 was Alabama. The Crimson Tide are back in it again and they are the lone school to receive an official visit from Jackson so far. "I visited Alabama this past January and I liked it over there. I have gotten to know a lot of the coaches there, I like the campus, and I enjoyed myself in Tuscaloosa." "I cannot visit them officially again, but I will probably go back for another unofficial visit." Now, the Junior College star that finished with 56 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, and eight sacks in 2009 is on the lookout for the school that fits him the best. He is not looking to drag the process out because he wants to focus on his final season at Navarro, but he is not going to rush into anything either. "I want to decide early in the season and commit to a school pretty early in the fall so I can take care of my classwork and my football at Navarro. I will take some visits very early in the season and then make a decision." He knows one school that will get an official visit and he is still searching for the last three. "I am going down to UCF for sure," he said. "I really like the coaches there, I have a chance to be the face of their program they tell me, and I will have an opportunity to play for them right away." "I don't know any other schools I will definitely visit yet, but they will one of my official visits." Jackson will have three years to play two when he enrolls at a Division I school in January 2011.
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