Rashaad Jackson Working Hard on the Field and Off


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Rashaad Jackson Defensive lineman Union High School (Union, SC) 6'3", 260 lbs. When it came to choosing a college to continue his football career, Union High offensive lineman Rashaad Jackson could have gone one of two ways. He could have gone to a school like North Carolina A & T or South Carolina State, places where he could have had a chance to start and make an immediate impact. Or, he could have chosen a place that felt like home. Jackson chose the latter by signing with Clemson, making the decision on the eve of National Signing Day. "It's a great school and I just really felt like I belonged there," Jackson said. "Not only because it was closer to home than the other two, but because I know a lot of people there." Although he was able to talk to players like wide receiver Airese Currie and fullback Chad Jasmin during his visit, Jackson said the player who had the biggest impact on his decision was sophomore running back Kyle Browning, who played with Jackson at Union. "He was my player host on my official visit, and it was good to be around him again," Jackson said. "I am excited about once again being teammates." "I am glad that the recruiting process is over. I had my ups and downs during the whole thing, and it was frustrating when people kept asking me where I was going. It put a lot of pressure on me." Although Jackson has yet to qualify, he plans to work as hard on that as he does on the football field. "I am having no problem in the classroom, but my scores aren't quite there as far as the S.A.T. and the A.C.T.," Jackson said. "I am getting close, and I know that I can do it." Coach David Blackwell recruited Jackson for the Tigers. Rashaad Jackson Bio Three-year starter at defensive tackle...three-time all-conference selection...All-State selection as a senior...played in the 2003 Shrine Bowl...listed in the High School Sports Report Top 100...rated as one of the top 20 players in South Carolina by rivals.com...from the same high school as current Tiger Kyle Browning, one of the most successful programs in state history...played for head coach Mike Anthony at Union High School

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