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NorCal standout could stay close to home

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Grass Valley (Calif.) Nevada Union defensive end Andrew Jackson has set up four of his official visits but from the sounds of it, he may not last past visit No. 2 as one school is a clear leader at this time.
Jackson, 6-5, 240 pounds plays both defensive end and offensive line for the Miners and is getting looks on both sides of the ball as well. He worked out with the defensive linemen at the NorCal Nike camp and had a solid showing in the position and one on one drills. He also tested well running a 5.24 in the 40, 4.78 in the shuttle, jumped 27 inches in the vertical and did 21 reps on the bench.
On the season, Jackson has 41 tackles and seven sacks in nine games for the 8-1 Miners. He's even more impressive off the field carrying a 4.0 GPA with a 1500 SAT score.
On the recruiting front, Jackson has offers from Stanford, Fresno State, Boise State, Utah State, Kentucky, Sacramento State and Montana and has four trips lined up right now.
"I'm going to Fresno State (Dec. 16), Stanford (Jan. 13), Boise State (Jan. 20) and Utah State (Jan. 27)," Jackson said. " Here's how Jackson broke down his four schools.
Fresno State- "They have a strong program and a good coaching staff. Over the past five years or so, Fresno State has been one of the better programs in the West."
Stanford- "They're definitely my top choice right now. You can't beat their academics and I like the football program a lot as well. I think Stanford has improved a lot and is an up and coming team."
Boise State- "I like the area of Boise and they have a strong program as well. It seems like they're good every year and I like the coaches."
Utah State- "I don't know as much about them as the other schools but I have some friends who go there and they like it a lot so I wanted to come and check things out for myself."
As high as he is on the Cardinal, it will be a surprise to us if Jackson gets past his Stanford visit without committing.
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