December 12, 2010

Jackson explains his decision

West Chester (Pa.) Westchester Henderson linebacker Myles Jackson took an official visit to Rutgers over the weekend just one month after receiving an offer from the Scarlet Knights.

It didn't take Jackson long to realize Rutgers is where he wants to spend his college years, so he committed to the Big East school while he was in town.

"It was fun," he said of the visit on Sunday evening. "I had a good time with all of the players there. I ended up actually committing at the end of the trip. It was late last night while we were bowling with the team and all the hosts and everything.

"I talked to coach (Greg) Schiano and everything and let him know then. They were happy. They said, 'Welcome to the family. Now it's time to work.' I've got to get ready for next season and just prepare my body and my mind."

Why did Jackson feel like Rutgers is the best place for him?

"I felt a connection with the players that are there already and the recruits that are committed there," he said.

"There are some people there from around my area that I played against in high school and played with in little league so I can relate to them. I like the coaching staff and the position they want me to play. Their number one APR in the country speaks for itself so they'll put me in the best position to succeed."

The Scarlet Knights have recruited Jackson to play as a sort of hybrid stand up defensive end that can rush the passer and play in coverage. That was his job this year for his high school team after playing outside linebacker in a 3-4 as a junior.

This fall Jackson recorded 80 tackles, 5.5 sacks, an interception while forcing three fumbles and recovering three more.

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