July 25, 2011

Georgia safety close to a Spartan offer?

Michigan State University has been very active the past few years at Brookwood High School, and for good measure. The defending state champions are loaded with talent and the Spartans may be close to offering another standout from there. SpartanMag.com spoke with safety prospect Zach Jackson and has the latest.

The last 2 years Spartan Coach Dave Warner has been a regular at Brookwood High School. His time and efforts at the Georgia powerhouse program has been well worth it. Last year the Spartans were able to sign wide receiver Andre Sims Jr. and they got a talented preferred walk on in kicker Erick Yang. This year they already have a commitment from running back Nick Tompkins and now are taking a serious look at Jackson.

Spartanmag.com was able to speak with Jackson and got some details on his recruitment.

"I and 6-foot-0, 185-pounds and I run the 40 in 4.45 seconds," he stated. "I have been offered by Illinois, Purdue, Mississippi St, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Buffalo, Georgia State, and Western Kentucky. Michigan State is showing a lot of interest.

Jackson also holds a scholarship from the Black Knights of the Hudson. His brother, Josh Jackson, is currently a starting cornerback for Army. The opportunity to play for a service academy is an honor that the younger Jackson can fully appreciate.

The Spartans still need to sign a few players to the secondary for teh class of 2012 and Jackson looks to be on the short list of prospect that the staff is seriously considering. The fact that he comes from such a solid high school program and is a very strong student are positive factors in his recruitment. We asked Jackson what he knows about the Spartan program.

"I know a lot about Michigan State," he said. "I know how dynamic they are athletically and academically. I hear that East Lansing is a beautiful city. I would love to set up an unofficial visit to go up there soon. We have been in contact with the coaches up there pretty often, as you probably know my running back Nick Tompkins is going up there and Andre Sims and Erik Yang are already up there. I really like Michigan State a lot."

With double-digit offers on teh table, including scholarships from 3 different BCS conferences, Jackson has some very solid schools to select from. SpartanMag.com asked him what he is looking for in a school when it comes to making his college choice.

"First, I am looking for is if the school is academically strong," Jackson said. "I also am looking for how the social life stands at the school. I also am going to look at what are my chances are on playing early, which comes with great work ethic. Also the football atmosphere at the school is important."

No doubt the positive information that Jackson has heard from his teammates about Michigan State has piqued his interest in teh Big Ten Champs. The fact that the Spartans are set to graduate senior safety Trenton Robinson is also something that cannot hurt Michigan State's chances with him.

Last fall Jackson was a key member of Brookwood's State Championship team. With both him and Nick Tompkins returning, the expectations at Brookwood are still very high. We asked him about his upcoming season.

"Our team is looking very strong for this season," he stated. "I just got nominated team captain. We just have to work really hard, and there is no doubt in my mind that we can do it again. I am very anxious to start up the season. We just have to take it day by day.

Michigan State is expected to make a decision about offering several players in the next 2 weeks. SpartanMag.com will be sure to keep in contact with Jackson during that time. It is possible he could travel to Michigan State in the near future. A trip to East Lansing certainly could not hurt the chances of Jackson becoming a member of the Green and White if he does indeed receive a Spartan scholarship offer.


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