September 21, 2010

Tech improves standing with Jackson

McKeesport (Pa.) defensive end Branden Jackson was in Lubbock over the weekend on his official visit to see Texas Tech take on Texas. With this being his first trip to West Texas, Jackson was surprised by what he found.

"The city was really cool. It was just a real laid-back feel, a cool college town. All of the people were really nice and made me feel very welcome," Jackson said. "I had never been there before so it was a nice surprise to see what was there. I was expecting some little, small-town, but it was a lot different than that. It was a very cool place. I liked it a lot."

While Jackson was in town he was able to round out his view of the Texas Tech program. From the environment at Jones Stadium, to the new facilities across campus, he was able to get a better idea of what the university offered as a whole. "It was great. I had a lot of fun while I was there. I went to the game, which was awesome. The atmosphere was crazy," he said. "I got to take a tour and see all of the facilities and they were really nice. They had a good looking campus. I met with the academic advisors and the coaching staff. I got to hang out with the players a little bit too and get know some of them. I just got a good feel for what it would be like to be in that program. The visit really made me like Tech a lot more for sure."

One guy that Jackson was already familiar with was assistant coach Robert Prunty. Judging from his comments, he and Coach Prunty have developed a solid relationship thus far.

"That's my boy. I was with him for most of the time. He's a real cool dude. A really down to earth guy. He's got a "father-like" thing going on. I always like talking with him and it was cool to get to hang around with him for a little while too."

Jackson will be visiting Rutgers this weekend and says he has no other visits scheduled at the moment. A timetable isn't in place right now, but Jackson has left the door open for a decision to be made.

"I don't have a top five or anything like that, and I haven't set a timetable for a decision," he said. "I'm going to take my time and see what my options are. I may visit more schools, or I may not. When I figure out what program fits me best, then I'll be ready to pull the trigger. I really liked what I saw at Texas Tech over the weekend, but we'll have to wait and see what happens. I'm still pretty wide open."

In addition to Tech, Jackson has offers from Illinois, Iowa, Louisville, Michigan, Michigan State, North Carolina, NC State, Pitt, Purdue, Rutgers, Syracuse, Virginia, and West Virginia.

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