January 22, 2009

Ducks add star safety

With letter of intent day under two weeks away, Duck fans will have a number of commitments to enjoy condensed into a short period of time. The latest comes from Alabama safety Brian Jackson, who called and pulled the trigger this week.

"I committed to Coach Bellotti," Jackson confirmed. "I called him on my cell phone one day when I was playing video games with my friends, and just kind of felt like it was time to. I just paused everything and everybody was like 'Are you really going to do this'? At that time we were playing Rainbow 6 Vegas 2. After I got off the phone with Coach Bellotti we had a long day of playing Call of Duty: World at War."

DSA mentioned that playing safety in football is like being a sniper in games like that because you have to be patient, you get one shot at the ball carrier and you have to make it count.

"That's pretty interesting because I do play the sniper when I play that game," mused Jackson.

The three-star safety had distinct reasons for choosing the University of Oregon. Asked about the primary reason for his selection, he focused on the people.

"Between the staff, the coaches and the medical team, I had fun talking to them and they were all straight-forward people," answered Jackson. "When I got there I felt that they were people I wanted to be around."

Jackson expanded on his impressions of the trainers and facilities available to athletes.

"What better place to be if I got hurt than with their medical team? I like that they are there to take care of me because they are some of the best."

When discussing his official visit to Eugene, Jackson focused on the atmosphere.

"I hung out with the players some and they were cool people and it felt like a home away from home," Jackson said. "It was a place I wanted to live. It doesn't matter how far it is. It was just a place I really liked being in."

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