Mayfield linebacker Jonathan Jackson is one of the top defenders in Kentucky. Interest has slowly…
Jackson waiting for Louisville offer
Louisville has already landed two of Kentucky's top 2013 football prospects in Lexington QB Kyle Bolin and Trinity DB Ryan White. The Cardinals are also in great shape with star Mayfield LB Jonathan Jackson, who attended Louisville's Junior Day last weekend. "I talked to the coaches, mainly Coach Brian Jean-Mary and Coach Strong and I get a great feeling about the program and the direction it's going," Jackson said. "I like all the coaches and I think they're going to win some championships there." Jackson, a first team all-state selection, is still waiting for an offer from Charlie Strong's Cardinals. A tad undersized at 6'0, 215, Jackson has two offers from Western Kentucky and Murray State early in the recruiting process. "I talked to Coach B.J. about that a little, it came up," Jackson said. "I'm sure they're going to offer but I'm not sure when. Hopefully, it's when Coach B.J. comes down and watches me during spring practice. I have a tendency of getting to the ball. I'm at the ball just about every play and he knows I'm a sure tackler. Some people consider me undersized but he knows I can make plays. He knows I can get the job done." Besides Jackson, Louisville hosted many of Kentucky's top prospects for Junior Day, including Bolin, White and Trinity's four-star recruits Jason Hatcher and James Quick. "There were nationally-ranked and really good players there," Jackson said. "I talked to Kyle Bolin and Ryan White a lot. Those are the two guys I mainly talked to and we became really good friends. I haven't gotten offered yet but I'm pretty sold on Louisville. We're trying to get the other top in-state kids to come with us because we're trying to do great things at Louisville. I feel like the coaching staff is the best in the country and along with the facilities, (Louisville) has something special building and they're going places." Jackson led Mayfield to the Class A state title in 2010 and runner-up finishes in 2009 and 2011. As a junior, he recorded 156 tackles and five interceptions on defense, returning two for scores. Offensively, Jackson rushed for 1,672 yards and a school-record 21 scores. "More than anything I'm a leader - on and off the field," Jackson said. "I make good grades, I'm a vocal leader and I talk to my teammates. I speak my mind and let everybody know what to do and what not to do. "I feel like the area I need to make the most improvement are my coverage skills and I think I did that this past year…I had five interceptions. I feel like I'm a smart player who can read offenses really well. I'm good at shedding blocks and diagnosing plays. And I get to the ball really well." Besides scholarship offers from the Hilltoppers and Racers, Jackson says he's hearing a lot from Louisville, USC, Missouri, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, Ole Miss. "I hear from those schools every day," Jackson said. "I'm going down to Tennessee and Vandy during spring break for their spring practices and junior day."
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