Rutgers' Play Has Jackson Excited

Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer

Oct 2, 2014

By: Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer


Rutgers Commit OL Jonah Jackson

Rutgers Commit OL Jonah Jackson

Pennsylvania offensive lineman Jonah Jackson committed to the Scarlet Knights in May just as his recruitment was starting to take off.  While he could have waited things out a bit and waited for more offers to come his way, he opted to give his word to Rutgers.  That decision had a lot to do with his relationship with RU offensive line coach Mitch Browning.e 


"Me and coach Browning are tight," said the 6'4", 288 pound lineman.  "He's a great coach from what I learned of his coaching style at the Big Man camp.  I love how he's a hard-nosed guy and is very meticulous in how your stance is and the proper steps you must take to do your job as an offensive lineman."


In fact, the Penncrest standout is in touch with Browning at least once a week and he'll be at Rutgers on Saturday to watch RU take on Michigan.  So far, he says, he's impressed by what he's seen out of the Scarlet Knights and he's enthusiastic about what they can do against the Wolverines and the rest of their 2014 schedule.  He hasn't been in touch with many of the other commits or RU recruits since his visit to RU-Penn State, but he figures to get strike up some conversation with his future teammates at the end of this week.


Meanwhile, Jackson is looking to help Penncrest team get out of an early-season rut and into the playoff mix.


"We're off to a rocky start and we're looking for a bounce back win this week to get us in the swing of things so we can make it to the playoffs. Personally, I'm doing good so far. I just have to work on my pad level and keeping low on the both sides of the ball," Jackson said.


In a couple of weeks, Jackson and Penncrest will take on Garnet Valley and fellow RU O-Line commit Teddy Field.  They'll be on opposite sidelines when they square off, but the two have spoken and Jackson called the 6'6" lineman a "real good guy."


Syracuse has tried to pull Jackson away, but the senior told the Orange that he's firmly committed to the Scarlet Knights.  Jackson is in the weight room twice a week to prepare himself for each Friday night and has a pretty singular focus for the rest of the year.


"I just want to finish my final high school season strong with my boys and make it to the playoffs. "