Thursday, December 27, 2012
Jackson has a lot to consider
By Corey Dowlar
Eddie Jackson (Pompano Beach, Fla./Boyd Anderson) wasn't a name too many Florida State fans were thinking about back in November.
Eddie Jackson has dug himself out of an academic hole and has become a Florida State recruiting target.
Fast forward to the present, and he is one of the names firmly on the Seminoles' radar with an offer in hand. And he even has a connection to another well-known player from years gone by.
"Florida State is definitely something that means a lot to him," Boyd Anderson head coach Wayne Blair said. "I think it meant a lot to his brother, Demar Dorsey, as well. He is a fun-loving kid, but he wants to go where his talent is going to be used the most."
Blair has seen his fair share of athletes in South Florida. At nearby Ely High School, a two-way player by the name of Patrick Peterson starred on Friday nights.
Jackson, also a two-way player, has Blair drawing similar comparisons. And with an offers including Florida State, LSU and Tennessee, there might be some validity.
"One thing I notice about him is something I saw in Patrick Peterson when he was in high school," Blair mentioned. "He is able to do it all, punt return, kick return, receiver, running back and cornerback. He measures up pretty well to what Peterson was able to do."
Blair thinks Jackson could play on either side of the ball, but thinks he might have a higher ceiling on defense and special teams.
"My true projection for Eddie, and he may disagree, ideally, I think he is a cornerback," Blair said. "Long, rangy, make-up speed, hip flexibility, all of that. I think he would be a cornerback, punt returner, kick returner."
Jackson making it far enough to play in college wasn't always a given. His academics were not strong early.
Since that time, he's rallied and recovered. Because of the emphasis placed on his schoolwork, that will be a big part of his recruitment.
He needs a place where he can go and thrive, and that is something those closest to him will all discuss before making a final decision.
"For Eddie, given his situation, he's climbed out from the bottom," Blair said. "He was in a place where there was really no future as far as what he was doing academically. He now understands what it takes, what he has to do. He's pulled himself out of that hole. I think him, his father and his mother, we are all going to sit down together and come up with that we feel is probably best for Eddie. And we will make a decision off of that because he has had one hell of a year. He has, what I call, his circle of trust."