Junior to Watch: Jimmy Jackson
School: Caruthersville, Mo.
Position: Running Back
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Size and Speed: Jackson is 5-foot-9 and 197 pounds. He has been clocked at 4.45 seconds in the 40-yard dash.
Statistics: As a junior, Jackson ran for 1,631 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Honors: Jackson earned first-team all-district honors and second team all-state honors for his performance in 2002.
Favorite Schools: Jackson currently lists Arkansas, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Kansas State and Missouri as schools on his list at this time.
Skinny: “I am looking forward to my final season,” Jackson said. “We’re getting a different coach for this next season. Hopefully things get turned around and we start things rolling the right way. We’ve struggled lately. Hopefully this well help out.”
Jackson offers his new coach an explosive talent to build the offense around.
“I’ve heard (new) Coach (Shawn) Jackson say that I have the potential to be the best running back in the state of Missouri this season. I know there are a lot of talented guys from all over this year. So for him to make that comment, that makes me feel like he has some confidence in me.”
Jackson is getting plenty of mail, but so far none of the envelopes has included a scholarship offer.
“Nobody has offered yet. But I do know it is early on still. Iowa sends me the most stuff right now. Then Missouri, Kansas and Kansas State are there too with quite a bit of stuff to me. Arkansas and Illinois are also sending me stuff, just not as frequent as the others.”