January 17, 2010

Memphis lands productive Louisiana RB

Heading into his senior season, Baton Rouge (La.) Capitol running back Frankie Jackson was little known and little recruited. A monster senior year, capped by an incredible playoff run has changed both of those characteristics and amid a growing recruitment, Jackson has given his verbal commitment to Memphis.

Thanks in large part to a playoff run that included a 371-yard, five-touchdown performance in the second round, Jackson has picked up offers from Arizona State, Utah and others with serious interest from Oregon and LSU as well. This weekend, Jackson took an official visit to the Memphis campus and decided to end his recruitment and commit to new head coach Larry Porter.

"I just felt like it was a good program for me to be in and a new beginning," Jackson said on Sunday. "I just felt like it was something special and I wanted to be part of the first recruiting class for Coach Porter."

Jackson had built a relationship with Porter while he was recruiting him at LSU and when he took the head coaching job at Memphis, Jackson was immediately interested.

"I think he's going to be a new fire to the team and the community and stuff like that," he said.

As 5-foot-9, 185 pound all-purpose back, Jackson rushed for an incredible 2,500 yards as a senior. He expects to be used in a versatile role in the Memphis offense.

"I think they'll run out of the shotgun and do more zone runs and stuff like that," he said. "They'll motion me out of the backfield pass to me and stuff."

Jackson made his commitment official on Saturday evening and doesn't plan on taking any other official visits.


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