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Northwestern Football Recruiting: Justin Jackson Visits Illinois


2014 all purpose back Justin Jackson unofficially visited the Illinois Fighting Illini on May 11th. Jackson is currently one of the Top 10 recruits in the state of Illinois and one of the Top 5 all purpose backs.

Jackson currently has received offers from the Northwestern Wildcats, Boston College Eagles, Iowa Hawkeyes, Vanderbilt Commodores, Arizona State Sun Devils, California Golden Bears, Cincinnati Bearcats, Illinois Fighting Illini, Indiana Hoosiers, Kentucky Wildcats, Minnesota Golden Gophers, Mississippi State Bulldogs, Missouri Tigers, Purdue Boilermakers, Syracuse Orange, and Toledo Rockets.

The teams that Jackson’s heavily interested in are Northwestern, Boston College, Iowa, and Vanderbilt. Although, the Wildcats seem to be at the head of the pack.

The 247 Sports Crystal Ball currently has Northwestern as a 100% predicted spot to land the 2014 recruit.

Also, according to 247 Sports skills ratings, Jackson is a solid running back with 7s and 8s across the board.

However, his greatest skill is his change of direction.

After reviewing his film from 2012, Jackson might be quick and strong, but he avoids danger. He can avoid defenders simply by changing direction and it fools them every time. His only red flag is that he seems too concerned about defenders once he gets close to the endzone. Defenders will be MILES behind him, but he still is looking back.

The four-star recruit is currently ranked 6th in the state of Illinois, 3rd among all purpose backs, and 172nd among 2014 high school recruits by 247Sports.

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