Earlier this month, linebacker Derek Jackson out of Glen Allen (Va.) Deep Run participated in the Penn State Nike Camp. Since then the 6-foot-3, 211-pounder has added a second scholarship offer and continues to garner interest from numerous other colleges.
"There was a lot of competition at Penn State and I think it made me better," he said. "After Nike, Duke, Purdue and Syracuse came in and said they really liked me.
"I've also been hearing from Boston College, North Carolina, Northwestern, NC State and UConn. Most of these schools are just telling me to come to camps."
Currently Jackson holds two offers now from Richmond and Elon. Are any other schools close to offering?
"My coach has told me there's a good chance if I go to Northwestern on June 6th that I'll get an offer from them," he said. "I'm hoping to go there and I'm trying to sit down with my mom and dad and figure out which other ones.
"I'm looking at UNC, Boston College, Syracuse, UConn and maybe Virginia."
With a variety of schools interested, does Jackson have a favorite?
"Purdue has moved up a lot for me," he said. "Their coaches came in and told me they have two senior linebackers this year and if I go there there's a good chance for early playing time. Plus, I've seen pictures of their campus and it is beautiful."
Up there with Purdue is Northwestern, Duke, Syracuse and NC State.
"I've liked Northwestern for awhile," he said. "Their program reminds me of Deep Run as they aren't the most athletic, but they play together and know how to win games.
"Duke has great academics and their coach has shown a tremendous interest in turning the program around. He just needs guys that'll work hard. Then Syracuse, I really like their coach and my dad knows somebody there. They have good academics and a nice campus too. Finally, I like the staff at NC State and have been there three times before."
If offers come in, Jackson hopes to make a pretty quick decision.
"I won't make it real early, but I'd like to try to do it before the football season if I can."