Dudley E. Dawson is a reporter for Hawgs Illustrated. A graduate of the University of Arkansas, he is a voter for the Heisman Trophy.
Razorbacks WR commit Jackson spent weekend recruiting
FAYETTEVILLE Arkansas wide receiver pledge TQ Jackson is a smart young man as evidenced by his actions on his official visit to Fayetteville this weekend.
While he was interested in seeing more of the campus and visiting with the coaches, Jackson was more intent on buddying up to quarterback KJ Jefferson and all of the offensive linemen that were visiting.
“We need the O-linemen,” Jackson said. “I was working on them hard. (Arkansas tailback) Rakeem (Boyd) was working on them real hard because he has to have them. That’s what he said.”
Jackson (6-3, 195) is coming off of a high school career in which he had 119 catches for 2,834 yards (an average of 23.8 yards per catch) and 33 touchdowns.
“I think my hands are my best strength,” Jackson said. “I’ve got speed for my size. I’m working more on route running. That’s what will separate me in the SEC.”
Arkansas’ coaches continue to make Fayetteville a second home for Jackson.
“I was impressed with the coaches,” Jackson said. “They made it feel like more like a family. I got real close with KJ.”
He had not been to Fayetteville since this spring.
“The last time I was here the field wasn’t done. I got to see that,” Jackson said. “The food was obviously good.”
He was also impressed with the Razorbacks’ basketball game, although they lost 78-77 to Western Kentucky.
“It was a great game,” Jackson said. "They got a good big man (Daniel Gafford). He’s real good. It was a good atmosphere. You know the fans doing the chant.”
Jackson’s official host was Arkansas freshman wideout Mike Woods.
“We just went out and had some fun,” Jackson said. “He showed me a good time. I got to hang out with him and Rakeem Boyd.”
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