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2015 Watch List WR Kalif Jackson, Fletcher HS

2015 Watch List WR Kalif Jackson (6’5, 192, 4.6) of Fletcher HS in Florida registered 34 receptions, 770 yards, and eight touchdowns this season. He’s also been a starter on the basketball team since his freshman year. At power forward, he averaged eight points and nine rebounds a game as a sophomore.

Currently, he holds verbal offers from MissouriDukeCentral Florida, and Florida Atlantic. He’s received interest from ArizonaArkansasMississippi St., Georgia, FloridaSouth Carolina, Kentucky, Louisville, Rutgers, CincinnatiBoston CollegeNC St.Miami, and most recently from AlabamaVanderbilt, and Penn St.

Jackson spoke about the programs that have offered to this point.

Kalif Jackson (rivals.com)

Kalif Jackson (rivals.com)

“Everything is going well with Missouri. They send me a lot of mail and want me to visit.

Duke is a great school, they’re outstanding in academics and athletics. I can’t wait to visit.

“I receive handwritten letters from UCF frequently. There may be an opportunity to play basketball there as well. The Knights have invited me to their home games, but I haven’t been able to make any.

FAU is the first program that offered, but I haven’t heard too much from them since they offered.”

Jackson reports the amount of interest he’s receiving has been building since his season ended, speaking with a few coaches briefly who have stopped by school to check out the big wideout.

“I spoke with the Alabama DB coach Greg Brown a couple of weeks ago,” he said. “I spoke with Vandy’s offensive coordinator John Donovan when he stopped by school, and I spoke with a Penn St. coach for a minute a week ago.”

The Miami Hurricanes have expressed interest.

“I get a lot of mail from UM. It’s normally a powerhouse program, it’s established, and every school has its ups and downs. I’m open to them.”

Fletcher’s physical receiver told Varsity Preps that Georgia Tech and Vanderbilt are recruiting him the hardest, and he explained why.

“The coaches at Georgia Tech really like my film, said I can play, and they like the fact I’m a good student.

Vanderbilt liked my film and came back to see me during the spring. They told me they want to stay in touch and asked me to attend their Jr. Day, but I wasn’t able to make it.”

If the opportunity presented itself, Jackson would entertain the thought of walking on to the basketball team for the program he chooses.

“If it came down to it, I feel that I could play college basketball. I’m not sure how that would work, but I would be open to that possibility.”

Academics will be a major factor for the junior standout when he narrows his list of options. Jackson boasts a 3.6 GPA and is enrolled in an advanced academic program at Fletcher.

“My brother is graduating from Princeton this year, so it’s easy to see academics are No. 1 in my household.”

He listed other factors that will be important in his college decision.

“I do want to go to a school that passes the ball a little more and I’m looking for a stable coaching staff. I’d prefer to play for a staff that’s not in transition.”

This offseason, Jackson plans to stay in football shape by competing for a Jacksonville area 7-on-7 team.

“I’ll play with either the River City Kings or Pro Impact, and I’m still deciding on which university camps to attend.”

He lists no early favorites but does have a time frame in mind in which he’d like to have a verbal commitment in place.

“Everything is wide open. I’m not close to narrowing my choices just yet, but I do plan on being verbally committed before my senior season starts. I don’t want to deal with the stress of recruiting while I’m concentrating on playing football.”

– Michael Bradley

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