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Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Watch List RB/DB Jackson has versatility

By Chantel Jennings

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Watch List prospect Justin Jackson (Carol Stream, Ill./Glenbard North) has the best kind of problem -- he can’t be pigeonholed.

Division-I programs are coming after the 5-foot-11, 175-pound player as both a running back and defensive back, while others still are simply calling him an athlete who’s talented enough to decide where he would like to play on the college level.

But Jackson isn’t sure where that is.

“I’m not sure really where I want to be,” Jackson said. “I’ve played running back since second grade and I just started defensive back my sophomore year, so that’s pretty new to me, but I really like both positions and I wouldn’t mind playing either in college.”

Jackson holds eight offers (Northwestern, Illinois, Purdue, Iowa, Indiana, Vanderbilt, Boston College and Toledo), and visited Nebraska last weekend for the Cornhuskers’ junior day.

“When we went I didn’t know much about Nebraska,” Jackson said. “But it was very informative, definitely I’m looking at them more. … But right now I’m not really rushing in any direction.”

In addition to Nebraska, the junior has also taken visits to Northwestern because of the proximity to his hometown. Another aspect of Northwestern that Jackson has been impressed with is the academic offerings, which will play a huge role in Jackson’s final decision.

“It’s something I really value in my life and my family as well,” Jackson said. “So that’s really a big factor for me. And a lot of schools really have good academics so that leaves it wide open.”