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Jackson could see time at linebacker

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FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla.- Richmond (Va.) Varina jumbo athlete Jamar Jackson, a Florida State commit, could see some time at outside linebacker during the inaugural Offense-Defense All-American Bowl on Thursday.
Jackson could end up seeing time at linebacker thanks to a shortage of players at that position after Ohio's Dewey Elliott dropped out of the event Saturday because of a family matter. There also are five defensive ends on the East roster including Jackson, five-star Carlos Dunlap of North Charleston, S.C., four-star Travian Robertson of Laurinburg, N.C., four-star Jazzmen Guy of Hazlehurst, Miss., and four-star Cliff Matthews of Cheraw, S.C.
"I like playing linebacker, but I can play either," Jackson said.
"It's a great event," he said. "I've seen a couple of the other defensive end prospects (Matthews and Robertson) and they seem like great people."
"It's a chance to get better," he said.
Jackson cited his relationship with the Florida State coaching staff as a big reason he pledged to the Noles.
"I really like the coaches," Jackson said. "That's one of the reasons I committed to them is because I really like the coaching staff."
John Lilly and Jody Allen were two of the Seminoles coaches Jackson mentioned by name. He added that the prospect of being one of the many players Florida State puts in the NFL year in and year out was intriguing as well.
"It was sort of a factor, knowing that they put a lot of players in the league," he said. "That's one of the dreams I have."
Jackson has several goals this week.
"Get a whole lot better and stay in shape," he said. "One of my biggest assets is my quick first step. I've got a great first step."
Jackson is one of three prospects from Virginia on the East roster. The others are cornerback Cris Hill (Virginia Tech) and offensive lineman Andrew Nuss (Notre Dame).
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