Monday, April 22, 2013
ESPN 150 DT 'crazy' for Hogs' scrimmage
By Damon Sayles
There are many major college football programs that can’t draw the regular-season crowd Arkansas reportedly drew Saturday at its spring game. The estimated crowd of more than 51,000 at Donald W. Reynolds Razorback Stadium was the talk of the weekend in the Southeast.
Among those who left the stadium impressed was Arkansas commit Bijhon Jackson (El Dorado, Ark./El Dorado). The ESPN 150 defensive tackle didn’t make the trip with doubts about Arkansas, but he left Fayetteville with a new reason to appreciate his commitment.
“It was crazy,” Jackson said. “When I got there, we couldn’t find a place to park in the parking lot -- and it was an hour and a half before the game. I enjoyed it.
“The number of people and the number of recruits … it was just crazy. There were probably at least 50 recruits there. There were a lot of guys from the 2013 class who are going to be my future teammates. It was nice to get to talk with them.”
Jackson, No. 66 in the ESPN 150 and the top-ranked player in Arkansas, committed to the Razorbacks on Dec. 20. He has built a solid relationship with defensive line coach Charlie Partridge and is excited about working with the new coaching staff led by Bret Bielema.
Jackson, along with Arkansas, has been offered by Alabama, Ole Miss and Arkansas State. The 6-foot-2, 327-pound defensive tackle, however, has never wavered from his original pledge -- and after Saturday’s experience, it would be tough for any school to change his mind.
“In my mind, I’ve always been committed to the Razorbacks,” Jackson said. “That’s the place I want to be. I’m very solid, and I don’t want to be anywhere else.”
Jackson is ranked No. 5 among defensive tackles nationally.