EAST LANSING, Mich. – After rushing for 1,450 yards and 18 touchdowns in 2007, Allendale, Mich., running back Hersey Jackson has big aspirations for his senior season.
"My dream season would be to get over 2,500 yards and to make it to state," Jackson said.
Jackson was one of the top players to attend the Rivals.com Five-Star Academy this past weekend at Michigan State. The four-star ranked running back measured in at 5-foot-11 ½ and 213 pounds. With his size and frame, he's a physical running back that isn't shy about sticking his nose in there to block if he has to.
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"I think I can do a little bit of everything," Jackson said. "I'm a very good blocker, and I think I have the tools to be a successful running back. We really emphasize blocking since we run the veer. It's a big part of our offense. Our running backs have to be able to block on every play, so it's something I really take pride in.
"I can do both the inside and outside game."
A few teams are already working hard to get the inside track with Jackson.
He listed Cincinnati, Michigan State, Ohio State, Wisconsin and Michigan as his top five teams. He's also looking at other Big Ten and MAC schools, and he's already landed his first offer with more to come.
"I have a Cincinnati offer," Jackson said. "I was there a couple of weeks ago. It was really nice. I liked the area. Everything was really close to the university and it looked new, too. They really have some nice facilities.
"I've already been to Wisconsin and Michigan State, and I was supposed to go to Michigan sometime this spring. I really like the coaches here at Michigan State. It's a nice area. It's a neat place. I went up to Wisconsin. It was my first visit that I've ever been to. The stadium was pretty nice."
When it comes time to make a decision, Jackson said academic prestige, athletic facilities, early playing time, proximity to home and the program's tradition will be the biggest keys.
Jackson said he doesn't plan to rush the recruiting process.
"I'm just trying to figure out what other camps I should go to," he said. "Right now, I'm in track, so that's a big focus for me. I also played basketball. I did that to help me out with my footwork. I run the 100, 200, 400 and the relays.
"I'm going to be working hard in the off-season to get better at catching the ball, get better footwork and all that stuff."