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Jackson Moving on with Recruiting

In a perfect world, Charles Jackson would very likely

already be a part of Texas’ 2011 recruiting class, especially after making two

unofficial visits to Austin in June to show his interest during Texas’

evaluation of defensive back recruits. The Longhorns appear to have gone in

another direction, and Jackson seems fine with that as a lot of options are in

front of the Klein Collins standout.
When it comes to talking about talented defensive backs

from the state of Texas in the class of 2011, Jackson is definitely at the

forefront of any discussion. The explosive playmaking ability possessed by the

5-foot-10, 173-pounder is enhanced by his tremendous work ethic and competitive

drive that has the ESPNU 150 member ranked as the No. 5 overall prospect in the

Inside Texas 2011 Top 100.

He has a skill set that would fit in nicely at a place like

Texas where a premium is placed on elite, playmaking and speedy defensive

backs. Jackson worked out for the Texas coaches on June 6 and made a return

trip to campus the following weekend hoping to land a long-coveted offer.

The Longhorns coaches however received a surprise

commitment from Oklahoma City (Okla.) Millwood cornerback Josh Turner and though

Jackson was in the running for a Longhorn offer, it appears as though Turner’s

verbal has Jackson checking out his other options.

That isn’t necessarily a bad spot to be in for Jackson,

who has offers from the likes of Cal, Florida, Nebraska and Oklahoma among

others. There have been reports that have suggested Jackson is not happy (and

to some extent bitter) about the way things worked out between he and the

Longhorns.

Jackson said that’s far from the truth as he values the

chance got to work with Duane Akina and Will Muschamp and said he feels the

situation will work out for all parties in the end.

“It’s cool,” Jackson said. “Obviously they picked Josh

Turner over me, so good luck to them and good luck to him.”

Working through the recruiting process had been one of

the many things on Jackson’s plate this summer. He’s been putting himself

through 6 a.m. workouts every day and after that he’s taking summer school

classes the rest of the day.

Jackson is doing great in the classroom and the extra

work not only has his high school GPA looking good, but he could very well be

in a position to graduate early and enroll in the college of his choice in

December if he chooses that path.

It’s been a long summer, but Jackson said the work has

been well worth it as he is starting to see everything come to fruition.

“My summer has been awesome,” Jackson said. “Everything

is paying off for me, so I don’t have a problem with it.”

In fact, Jackson has been so busy with recruiting, school

work and mixing in workouts on his own that he hadn’t had a ton of prep time to

get to work with the Klein Collins 7-on-7 team before the Tigers participated

in the 7-on-7 State Tournament in College Station over the weekend. Jackson

said the four days he got to spend with his teammates and focus on nothing but

Klein Collins football to get ready for the tournament was like a breath of

fresh air.

“I think that was cool,” Jackson said. “It felt like I

was back at home.”

Despite having a lockdown defender in Jackson, a

sparkplug playmaker in 2012 athlete Shane Rhoades and perhaps the state’s top

2013 prospect in running back Marcus Goodson (the younger brother of former

Texas A&M running back Mike Goodson), the Tigers struggled at state falling

into the consolation bracket after Friday’s pool play action and then losing

their lone game of the day on Saturday.

Jackson said he was a little frustrated with the way

things ended, but he said the experience of getting to go on the road with his

teammates is something that should help the Tigers grow stronger.

“It’s awesome,” Jackson said. “It gives the team more time

to spend with each other and it gives us a good chance to get together before

the season starts.”

As far his recruitment goes, Jackson doesn’t anticipate being

on the market much longer. The latest offer for the elite cornerback prospect

came on Sunday when he popped off a 4.46 and 4.38, respectively, in the 40-yard

dash at Texas A&M’s one-day camp prompting Mike Sherman and the Aggies to

send an offer his way.

He said he’s planning on visiting Florida for the Gators

Friday Night Lights camp next weekend and is planning to visit LSU on his way

back to Houston. There’s also a chance that Alabama, Arkansas and Oklahoma

could be possible visit destinations for Jackson before he makes his college

decision.

While he might not yet know where he’s going, Jackson

said he already knows when he’ll announce his decision.

“I’m close to committing,” Jackson said. “I’ve decided to

commit the day before my birthday, or on my birthday, which is Aug. 16. I’ll

have a firm commitment at that time.”

A Texas offer is one that very few kids outside of the

Lone Star State ever get the chance to receive, and the same can be said for

Florida. Urban Meyer and the Gator coaching staff offered Jackson during the

evaluation period and Jackson said the fact that the Gators were interested

enough to offer is truly exciting.

“I was fired up,” Jackson said. “I don’t get tired of the

recruiting process. A lot of people don’t get to experience it, so I’m just

trying to enjoy it.”

With his decision timeframe locked in, Jackson will have

his decision out of the way by the time Klein Collins takes the field for its

first game of the 2010 season. The Tigers are picked by many to win District

13-5A for the second straight season and with Jackson on defense and Longhorn

commit Garrett Greenlea on offense, the Tigers are not short on talent even

after graduating some key members from last year’s 12-1 team that went three

rounds deep in the playoffs.

For Jackson, his senior year can’t get here fast enough.

“I’m always ready,” Jackson said. “I’m ready to go right

now.”