At the time he committed to UVa, St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) recruit Rashawn Jackson was still considering making official visits to other schools in addition to UVa. Has anything changed for the 6-1, 250-pound running back/inside linebacker recruit?
“No, I don’t think I will [take visits to other schools],” Jackson said. “I haven’t cancelled anything yet, but Coach [Rich] Hansen is doing that for me. I’m just going to stay home where I belong. I’m 100% UVa. I’m definitely excited about it.”
Jackson had planned on attending the Miami/UVa game on Saturday, but was unable to make the trip after St. Peter’s Prep’s first round contest versus Hudson Catholic was postponed from Friday to Saturday. He was able to see the game and offered his take on UVa’s 31-21 loss in Charlottesville.
“We should have won,” Jackson said. “College football is all about momentum, and we couldn’t get it and Miami did. We made some mistakes. That won’t happen next year.”
UVa, led by primary recruiter Mark D’Onofrio, is recruiting Jackson primarily as a running back. But, in addition to playing tailback, he plays inside linebacker in St. Peter’s 3-4 defense, therefore could wind up on defense instead. Jackson does not seem to have a preference between offense or defense.
“They’re talking running back, but I don’t know where they’ll end up playing me,” Jackson said. “Whatever they do, I’m confident that it will be better for me anyway. It doesn’t matter to me.”
And what happened in St. Peter’s first round playoff game on Saturday? They won 25-13, setting up a big-time second round matchup versus Bergen Catholic this Saturday at 7:00 pm. Bergen Catholic features a top remaining target for UVa in linebacker Brian Cushing .
“I think we’re going to come pumped up and prepared,” Jackson said of this weekend’s game. “We’re not going to take Bergen Catholic lightly. We’re feeling real confident though. We’re going to do our best to prepare for the week. It’s win or go home, and I’m not ready to go home yet.”
Jackson admittedly hasn’t had the season he envisioned personally, as he has been playing through injuries for most of the year. He said he’ll be ready this weekend.
“I’ve been banged up all season long,” Jackson said. “My shoulder has popped out of place...
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