PALM BEACH GARDENS – Jarrett Jackson is a hot commodity on the national recruiting circuit.
It’s no surprise, given the rich family lineage he has. The Palm Beach Gardens 2018 tight end/defensive end is the nephew of NFL Hall of Famer and Pahokee native/alum Rickey Jackson, cousin of Glenville State defensive backs coach Rashad Jackson (Glades Central/Marshall alum), and cousin of Glades Central 2018 wide receiver Gerald Jackson.
Jarrett Jackson is absolutely proud of his heritage and Muck roots, to say the least.
“With my uncle being a Hall of Famer, expectations come with that,” the Gators rising junior said. “I have lots of cousins that played college football, so they know what to look for and what coaches expect. It motivates me to push myself more and work even harder as a player.”
Jarrett Jackson’s junior campaign started off with promise, but culminated with a season-ending injury to his wrist area after only five games played. He played hurt for three of those early-season games and managed to rack up 20 tackles and six sacks in the process.
Once Jarrett Jackson is fully recovered from the wrist injury, he plans to make the most of his potential on the gridiron. But for now, he has already gained nine offers from the likes of Florida, Tennessee, Louisville, Pittsburgh, West Virginia, USF, UCF, FAU, and East Carolina.
Jarrett Jackson touched on where he currently stands in his recruiting proces.
“As of right now, there are a couple of leaders out of all the schools I talk to,” the 6-5, 240-pound tight end/defensive end said. “But I rather not say right now. I will release a Top 8 (list) after spring.”
For the offseason, Jarrett Jackson has been working on his speed, strength and endurance. He has been invited to compete in The Nike Football Opening Regionals on Sunday, Feb. 26. The nationally recognized showcase will be held at the Miami Dolphins Training Facility in Davie, Fla.
“My expectations is to go to finals and nothing less,” Jarrett Jackson said. “Right now I’m on the track and in the weight room. I’m hitting it hard every day.”
Stay tuned for further updates on Jarrett Jackson’s recruiting process, as we will be following his progress from now until next year’s National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.