High school recruiting at times is fun for the athletes as they get to experience getting pursued by colleges, getting to visits different colleges and forming relationships with different people.
While it’s enjoyable and makes lifetime memories, in the end, it’s a business and at times can be cut throat and not fair.
Back in July, Pine-Richland 3-star defensive end Miguel Jackson thought he would be attending Liberty University after giving them a verbal commitment but things have changed.
Due to the NCAA making this a “free scholarship” year, two defensive ends for Liberty have decided to return for the 2021 season. This impacts Jackson because Hugh Freeze and the coaching staff informed Jackson that his scholarship was no longer committable, meaning Jackson had to find a new college football home.
The good news for Jackson (6’2″, 265) is that due to his standout senior season, he was starting to hear from various D-1 programs, including Power 5 programs prior to the breakup with Liberty so it’s just a matter of time until he finds a new school.
Prior to committing to Liberty, Jackson held offers from Akron, Ball State, Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Coastal Carolina, Delaware, Old Dominion and Villanova. Pittsburgh Sports Now is told that schools that have recently been in touch with him the most are James Madison, Bowling Green, Coastal Carolina and Michigan State.
Here’s the defensive stop that secured Pine-Richland’s win. On fourth and 3 with 1:29 left, @_mjjacks tackled Governor Mifflin’s Nick Singleton for a loss.
Big play. pic.twitter.com/5GUFWTohLE
— Chris Harlan (@CHarlan_Trib) November 22, 2020
Jackson is a player that provides position flexibility, as he’s capable of playing either defensive end or defensive tackle, with the tremendous skill of after getting after the quarterback. This season for Pine-Richland, Jackson recorded 38 tackles and led the team with 11.5 sacks. He set the school record for quarterback sacks with 35.5
Jackson has drawn the comparison to another ferocious WPIAL and Pitt pass rusher and that’s former Woodland Hills great Ejuan Price.