January 15, 2010

Jackson being pursued by several SEC programs

It is not unusual for programs to make runs in January at prospects committed to other schools, particularly if the prospect is committed out-of-state. There is always the lure of being able to play closer to home or in a conference which has teams in the prospect's area.

Shreveport (Louis.) Evangel defensive tackle Brandon Jackson has been committed to Texas A&M since the spring of last year. In that time, he has made multiple visits to the A&M campus and has developed relationships with area recruiter Randy Jordan and head coach Mike Sherman. However, the strength of those relationships are about to be severely tested.

Jackson took an official visit last weekend to Arkansas, a school to which he was actually briefly committed to prior to his commitment to the Aggies. In addition, Jackson is now slated to take official visits to Alabama this upcoming weekend and to LSU on Jan. 22. Neither program recruited the 6-foot-4, 252-pound defender heavily prior to Evangel's state championship game in December, but both have made up for lost time by offering him. Also, Evangel defensive coordinator Byron Dawson points out that the retirement of A&M defensive coordinator Joe Kines and the fact that defensive line coach Buddy Wyatt took a job at Kansas played a role in Jackson looking around. Nonetheless, A&M continues to have some factors in its favor.

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