October 4, 2010

Two official visits in the books for Jackson

McKeesport (Pa.) defensive end Branden Jackson now has two official visits under his belt after visiting Rutgers a week ago. With that trip following a visit to Texas Tech, the 2011 standout now has two programs that have set the standard.

"I like both of those programs. The two visits made me like both of them more than I did before I went to check them out," Jackson said. "It was a good chance to get in and get a good feel for what it would be like to go there. They're both great schools."

"I think they've given me something to compare everything else too because I had a great time at both places. I've got a chance now to see if there is anything out there that will top those visits."

After taking two official visits in two weeks, Jackson indicates that he'll pull back the reigns on his recruitment for the time being.

"I won't make any other visits until after my football season is done. I want to just kind of put my recruitment to the side for a little while and get back to my team," he said. "After the season I'll probably try and schedule a few more visits, though."

Jackson has still been in contact with Robert Prunty at Texas Tech. That relationship seems to be something keeping the 2011 prospect high on the Red Raiders.

"I'm still talking with Coach P a lot, and that's a good thing for them. He's a real good dude and I always feel like I'm getting it straight when I talk to him. We've got a great relationship now and it's still something that's keeping my interest high with them."

When in Lubbock two weeks ago, the 6-foot-4, 240-pounder was impressed with the enthusiasm around the program. He also noticed how big of an attraction Texas Tech is within the city of Lubbock.

"One thing that stuck out to me from that visit was the fan support," he said. "The fans were crazy and the environment was one that you don't find everywhere. The relationship between the city and the school was definitely something that got my attention."

With no other visit plans until after the season, Jackson's timetable for a decision is unclear at the moment.

"I'm not really sure yet when I'm going to try and make a decision. I've got a lot of great options so I'm not going to rush into any of it, that's for sure," he said. "I'm going to take my time and really see what program fits me best. I may decide as soon as I figure out which one that is, or it may be a little longer than that. I really just don't know right now."

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

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