Rashawn Jackson: Bus or Race Car?

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Rashawn Jackson

Rashawn Jackson

  • Tailback
  • 6-1, 245 pounds
  • St. Peter’s Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)
  • Rivals rank: 3-star; #7 fullback
  • Scout rank: 3-star; #46 running back
  • Primary Recruiter: Mark D’Onofrio

It’s not every day that you come across a high school football coach who’s willing to call one of his star players a “freak of nature,” but for Saint Peter’s Prep head coach Rich Hansen, an exception is probably in order. After all, 6-1, 245-pound running back Rashawn Jackson doesn’t exactly fit the typical “big man” mold.

“He’s got soft hands, quick moves, good speed and does things that guys of his size just don’t do,” Hansen says. “I’d say he’s kind of an athletic anomaly.”

He means it in other ways, too. In the four years that Jackson has played under Hansen at the Jersey City, N.J., private school, he’s been a standout both on and off the field, excelling both under the lights and in the classroom.

“He’s a very high-profile kid in the community,” Hansen says, “but he’s never gotten involved in the kinds of negative things that a lot of guys his age get involved in. He’s very, very athletic, and was someone that every high school in the area tried to get, but he’s kept his head about him through it all. I personally have so much respect for him because of the way he’s conducted himself these last few years. He’s really been a marquee kid, not just as a player, but as a person.”

Jackson’s raw size and practiced finesse caught the eye of the Virginia coaching staff a few years ago, and they pursued him aggressively. With his letter of intent signed and his jersey all ready to go, Rashawn will be in Charlottesville this summer, working out and getting ready to contribute to the UVa ground attack – or perhaps