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Charlie Partridge Checks In On 3-Star Safety EJ Jackson



Pat Narduzzi is still looking to add another player or two to his secondary and today they stopped in to see a talented Florida safety.

Assistant head coach Charlie Partridge stopped by Glades Central High School in Belle Glade, Florida to see safety EJ Jackson.

Unfortunately, Jackson wasn’t at school today was. He was attending the Student ACE program but Partridge was able to spend some time with Jackson’s coaches.

Jackson (6-foot-1, 180 pounds) is rated as a three-star recruit with offers from Pitt, Florida Atlantic, Iowa State, Louisville, Indiana, South Carolina and South Florida.

On his way back to his school, Pittsburgh Sports Now was able to catch up briefly with Jackson to gauge his interest level in Pitt and see if they’ll get an official visit from him.

“Pitt has stayed in contact with me now for months,” said Jackson. “I really like what they’re doing and how they use their freshman. I really like how they used my close friend V’Lique Carter. He went there as a cornerback and they moved him to the slot and started having him running the ball on offense.”

“In college, I project myself as being another Jalen Ramsey type, nickel safety and someone that can down in the box and make plays. I’ll also be able to cover guys in the slot.”

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To get some more insight on Jackson, PSN spoke to Keith Gruber, the defensive backs coach at nearby Seminole Ridge High School and someone that’s worked with Jackson and has watched him throughout high school.

“EJ is definitely a rangy guy, someone that can cover a lot of ground, someone that plays downhill, aggressive and is a ballhawk,” said Gruber. “You’re definitely looking at a future free safety and someone that brings all that to the table.”

“I definitely see him playing safety in college. He has played some corner in high school but he’s a safety in college. He’s one of the better ones in the state and I believe he’ll be a good one in college.”

Jackson isn’t someone that plans on signing in December. He listed his schedule of official visits for the next couple of months.

“Sometime at the end of December, I’ll be an official visit to Louisville. In January, I’ll then go to Florida Atlantic, South Florida, Toledo and I’ll make my last official visit to Pitt.”

Keep in mind, Pitt has already received commitments this year from four defensive players from Florida: DB Khadry Jackson (Orlando), DB Brandon Hill (Apopka), DT Calijah Kancey (Miami) and LB Leslie Smith (Miami).

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