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    Friday, January 05, 2007

    FSU Recruit Prospect: Jamar Jackson

    Four-star defensive end Jamar Jackson from Virginia concluded his decision after a tumultuous recruiting process that saw him take all five visits. In the end it was down to Florida State and Virginia Tech. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder ended things early by committing to the Seminoles.

    The Rivals250 prospect discussed a few reasons why he decided to head to Tallahassee instead of stay in-state.

    "Mainly it came down to my parents," he said. "They felt more comfortable with Florida State and coach Bowden. He's a great coach to meet and a wonderful personality. That really stood out to all of us because he came to my house.

    "Aside from that, I really like the tradition they have there. I of course noticed they didn't have the best season this year, but that doesn't bother me. They'll turn it around. I also like the opportunity I'll have to go onto the pros."

    As far as playing time, Jackson believes he'll get a shot immediately.

    "The coaches told me if I work hard, I'll get a chance to play outside linebacker or defensive end right away."

    Analysis :Jackson is a versatile player. He has a good frame and with time should be able to add bulk. He is athletic and looks comfortable playing in space. He can be player that you could do some different things with in a zone-blitz type package. There could be some adjusting to play with his hand on the ground. He does do a good job of using his hands to engage and separate from blockers. He displays some sidestep ability. He is fairly physical player and displays the ability to engage blockers and stretch plays on the perimeter. He runs well and displays good straight-line speed. He is a solid wrap-up tackler. He displays the ability to put some pressure on the quarterback. He will need to develop as a pass rusher and learn some moves to help him defeat blockers. Jackson is a player with ability and upside.

    He is ranked as the #39 OLB in the country and will play DE at FSU. He is a solid commitment and is from Richmond, Va.

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