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When a player receives an offer from Pitt, they’d likely have to research the school more before having a reaction to the offer and if it’s a place he’d like to pursue but that wasn’t the case with Christian Jackson.
The junior safety from Missouri City, Texas got the news from Randy Bates that Pitt was offering him a scholarship and he couldn’t be more excited.
“When I got the call I was surprised but very excited because Pitt has always been one of my schools,” Jackson tells Pittsburgh Sports Now. “I’ve watched their safeties, especially Paris Ford and Jordan Whitehead, those guys are hard hitters and I love their games. Pitt has always been one of my dream schools since I was little.”
“I’ve always loved watching Pitt’s defense. Most of the time, I don’t watch the offenses during games on television, even when I was a running back. I love watching how Pitt’s defense rumbles around and I like how they hit people. Their defensive line are monsters.”
It’s been quite the last 48 hours for Jackson (6’1″, 195) as on Wednesday he received an offer from Les Miles and Kansas, his first D-1 offer and then the news from Bates and Pitt on Thursday.
“All of this really means so much to me but I was never looked at and I felt I was underrated,” said Jackson. “This is actually my first year playing defensive back so it’s kind of surprising but still exciting.”
“Until last year, I was playing running back, quarterback and some at outside linebacker. Then my head coach decided to move me to strong safety. Back in my sophomore season, I played some at free safety but wasn’t feeling it. Then when he moved me last year, I said to myself that it’s up to me now and I have to get the job done if I want to one day go to the next level. I loved playing strong safety and it’s nice now to start getting recognition.”
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When describing the strengths of his game, it didn’t take long for Jackson to name a few things that would make him a pretty good fit in Pitt’s attacking defense.
“Hitting, hitting, hitting. For sure I’m a guy that will hit you,” said Jackson. “Also, if you throw the ball up around me, I’m going to go get it. I’m a guy that high points the ball well and I’ll bring it down. I’ll get the football at the highest point and you won’t outjump me.”
Despite the distance, Jackson tells PSN that “I’ll be up at Pitt this summer for a visit definitely.”
Pitt is trying to make a mark recruiting in Texas and Jackson could be a solid starting point.