October 5, 2010
Big-time Florida OL visits State
This past weekend Michigan State hosted one of the top offensive linemen in the nation in 6-foot-2, 315-pound Marcus Jackson of Vero Beach High School in Florida. SpartanMag.com caught up with the Sunshine State star and got his impression of East Lansing and the Michigan State program.
Jackson is rated a 3-star recruit by Rivals.com and the #13 offensive guard in the nation and the #52 player overall in Florida. He has a host of scholarship offers from top southern programs such as Miami, Florida, Florida State, Tennessee and South Carolina. His visit this weekend was his first taste of Big Ten football.
Jackson was able to take in Michigan State's impressive 34-24 victory over 11th ranked Wisconsin in front of 75,000 fans. SpartanaMag.com asked him about the game and his visit.
I had a great time< Jackson state. I really loved the campus and the weather was ok too. The football program seems to be on a rise and the players are really cool."
On Saturday, Jackson got to experience an unusually cool day for late September in Michigan. The temperature was in the 50's and there was on and off light rain. Many in the Midwest would call that perfect football weather.
Jackson went on to say that he enjoyed the way the players and coaches made him feel in East Lansing.
"Everyone made me feel like I was already part of the family, he said. The coaching staff was great and I really could not think of anything I did not like about my visit.
Jackson has been listed as a soft-commitment to The University of Miami since back in February. A soft commitment usually indicates that a player really likes a school, but wants an opportunity to see what else is out there.
Jack informed Spartsnmag.com that is still exploring his option.
"I am still looking around he said. I plan on taking a few more visits."
Taking more visits will certainly give Jackson an opportunity to compare what Michigan State has to offer to other schools. Michigan State has a long tradition of having outstanding players from Florida play for them, including Saturday's Hall of Fame inductee Lorenzo White.
At 6-foot-2, #15-pound Jackson is a powerfully built player. For a team like Michigan State, that wants to play physical, smash-mouth football, Jackson is the type of player they like to recruit. We asked Jackson about his strengths as a player.
"I would say that my strength is one of my best attributes," he said, "Along with my mental and physical toughness.
No doubt the Spartans would like for Jackson to bring that toughness to the Big Ten. Spartanmag.com will be sure to follow-up with Jacksons in the coming weeks and update Michigan State fans on his recruitment.
The Rivals.com database was not showing a scholarship offer for Jackson from the Spartans. He indicated that Michigan State has indeed offered him. He also informed us that his team, defensive back Larry Franklin, was also in East Lansing checking out the Green and White. Look for more on him soon.
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