Jackson leaves hardwood for gridiron

June, 29, 2013
6/29/13
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Demetrius Jackson (Miami/Booker T. Washington), a 6-foot-4, 225-pound prospect yet to play a single snap of high school football, has accepted a scholarship offer from Miami (Fla.), the Miami Herald reports.

Jackson, a second team All-Dade basketball selection, competed in Booker T. Washington's spring game and registered a sack, forced fumble and fumble recovery.

"People may not know much about him right now, but they will, " offensive coordinator Tim "Ice" Harris Jr. said. "He's a freak athlete who played plenty of football growing up. He just turned his focus to basketball in high school. But he knows his best way to a scholarship is football. A lot of schools who saw him this spring were impressed."

Arkansas and Florida International have also offered Jackson for football. He attempted to commit to the Razorbacks last week, but Jackson hasn't visited campus and the pledge wasn't accepted.

Miami's rapidly expanding 2014 class now has 19 verbals.

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