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Virginia LB is headed to the Big Ten

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Glen Allen (Va.) Deep Run linebacker Derek Jackson has finally come to a decision. The 6-foot-0, 213-pounder has decided between five offers and is planning to head to the Big Ten.
"I have committed to Purdue," he said. "I really enjoyed my visit up there when I went. I wanted to commit then, but everyone told me to wait and see what else I get. I've been thinking about it and there isn't anything else I can get that will beat out Purdue.
"I really like their defense. It's similar to what I ran last year. They run a 4-3 and told me I'll play middle linebacker. I've been playing that since I've been in high school and I like it. You get to play in space. Academically I really like their IT program too. In addition, I enjoyed meeting their coaches, Bill Legg and Mark Hagen. My recruiter, coach Legg is a really nice guy."
Now with a decision behind him, the three-star prospect hopes to see the field relatively soon once he gets to Purdue.
"They showed me the depth chart on my visit," he said. "They have two seniors now and a junior that is on the bottom of the depth chart because of back problems. They also have one other freshman, so I probably will be able to play early."
Jackson selected the Boilermakers over offers from Duke, Richmond, Elon and Liberty.
Last season he registered 36 tackles, eight for loss and three interceptions to go along with 340 yards of offense and three touchdowns.
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