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Florida, Louisville leading contenders for 3-star TE Jarrett Jackson

Jarrett Jackson
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Three-star tight end Jarrett Jackson, considered one of the nation’s 25 best at his position, has Florida and Louisville high on his list and also is considering Tennessee.

“I just came back from a visit from Louisville and I liked that visit a lot,” Jackson told GN. “The schools I’m looking at are Louisville, Florida and Pittsburgh. I’m pretty open right now in my recruitment.”

Jackson (6 feet 4, 257 pounds) is from Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) High. He also has played defensive end for Palm Beach Gardens and said he could play on either side of the ball at the next level.

“I feel like I can play both sides of the ball,” Jackson said. “People who haven’t seen me in person or any of the camps — they wouldn’t really know because last year I broke my wrist in the middle of the season. That was a big downfall for me and it slowed my recruitment down.

“So people that want to see the real me need to come to south Florida and catch me at one of these camps or at spring practice, which is upcoming. They can also just wait and see the tape from this year because this year is going to be a big season for me.”

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Jackson has SEC offers from Florida and Tennessee, and he likes what he sees with the Gators.

“I think Coach (Jim) McElwain is a good coach and I think he turned Florida around,” Jackson said. “He is doing really good and they’re only going to get better.”

What about Tennessee?

“I think they have a great program,” Jackson said. “I haven’t communicated with them lately because my recruiting coordinator, (wide receiver) coach Zach Azzanni, just recently got a job in the NFL.”

How would Jackson describe his game on the field?

“A big strength of my game is my motor,” Jackson said. “Every play that I play is to the whistle. I sometimes don’t even hear the whistle; I just keep playing. I have great hands and can catch in the open field.

“On defense, I’m a great run-stuffer. I can pass rush. I can do it all. I’m real physical on the field.”

Jackson says he is in no hurry to commit.

“I’m enjoying it and staying open right now,” he said. “I don’t want to make a decision and that not be the best decision. I’m just waiting for more colleges to give me an opportunity.”

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Last week, the NCAA Division I Council voted to approve a December signing period to go along with the long-running February signing period. If it is approved by the Conference Commissioners Association in June, prospects would have the opportunity to sign in December and not have to wait until February.

“I don’t think it would affect me because I’m expecting to commit before December anyway,” Jackson said. “So it shouldn’t affect me.”

(You can follow Ryan Green on Twitter @RyanGreenGN)

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