Catching Up with Jonah Jackson

Donald Forbes- SOR Publisher

Jul 30, 2014

By: Donald Forbes- SOR Publisher

 


Rutgers Commit OL Jonah Jackson

Rutgers Commit OL Jonah Jackson

Rutgers fans were introduced to Jonah Jackson when he committed to the State University of New Jersey in May. The fact that he was not among the known prospects in the region might have drawn some raised eyebrows from the Rutgers faithful. However, they might not have known the self professed “late bloomer” is a solid prospect with the physical tools and temperament to be an early contributor.

 

At the New Jersey installment of the Nike Camp, Jackson put on a display of aggressiveness, agility, quickness and strength. He was selected as one of the top 10 offensive linemen at the event. By doing so, he outperformed such known prospects as Grant Newsome and Jared Southers to name a few.

 

His performance at the Nike Camp helped to capture the attention of a number of FBS programs including Rutgers who quickly offered and Jackson committed. But other programs continued to pursue to the Pennsylvania standout.

 

“I told them that I was going to stick with my commitment”, stated Jackson.

 

Jackson followed up on the Nike Camp with another standout performance at the Rutgers Big Man’s Academy. He won many if not all of his one-on-one match-ups including some against future teammates such as Kamaal Seymour and Willington Previlon. The experience only helped to fuse the bond between Jackson and staff.

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“It was a great experience. I got to interact with my future teammates like Manny Taylor and Kamaal Seymour a bit. I was instructed by my future offensive line coach, Coach Browning along with Coach Norries Wilson and even a little with defensive line coach Panagos”, he told StateOfRutgers.com.

 

One of the highlights of Jackson’s camp experience was his interaction with Coach Browning. He left the event impressed by Browning’s coaching style and methods.

 

“Coach Browning is a great coach and was very meticulous with me on my run and pass blocking techniques. I learned a lot from the short session I had with him”, he said.

 

Similar to many other college football fans, Jackson followed the reports from the Big 10 media days with great intent.

 

“I didn't get a chance to watch the media days on TV but I saw by tweets that he (Coach Flood) did great representing Rutgers. I read he was very excited about this upcoming season and this year’s unit of players leading into the Big Ten”, stated Jackson.

 

 The media days only heighten his excitement for returning to the Rutgers campus. As his schedule allows him, he will be taking trips to spend time with the coaching staff and players.

 

“I will be making a visit or two back up to RU for their camp. During the season, I'm definitely going to the Penn State and Michigan games so far but I'm going to try and make as many home games as possible”.