Hermitage RB C.J. Jackson (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
Hermitage RB C.J. Jackson adds to collection, Fordham offers
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
The Fordham Rams opened up the season last year with a 64-6 drubbing at the hands of the United States Military Academy. This loss set the tone for the Rams who ended up finishing the season with a 4-7 record which was good for fifth in the Patriot League. Surely Fordham has seen better days as the last time they finished the season with a losing record was back in 2011 (1-10). However, after stepping on campus in December of 2015, Andrew Breiner is now out as the head football coach at Fordham. Making stops at Yale and Harvard along the way is new Fordham head football coach Joe Conlin. One of the areas of focus for Conlin during his first year will be recruiting with an emphasis on the running game.
This is where Hermitage starting running back fits into the equation. If you’re looking for speed through and outside of the tackles then C.J. Jackson is your man. The rising senior picked up his second collegiate offer near the end of last week with Fordham putting its bid in for the accomplished Hermitage prospect.
“Coach (James) Lenahan hit me up on Twitter and we talked here and there for about two weeks. Lenahan and the head coach called me on March 8 and we talked it up for a while and that’s when they offered. I’m excited because Fordham is a very prestigious university. The Lord I blessing me,” Jackson stated.
Fordham displayed a running back by committee offense last season that watched D’Angelo Palladino, Chase Edmonds, and Zach Davis become the main beneficiaries combining for 1,313 yards and 9 touchdowns. During his junior season, Jackson rushed for 1,009 yards and 13 touchdowns at Hermitage which would’ve accounted for 76 percent of the Rams rushing offense. Fordham picked the perfect time to pounce on Jackson with the University of Richmond and Davidson beginning to ramp up their interest.
Jackson picked up his first offer on January 29 from Howard University and just finished up Rivals at the end of February where he was able to clock a 4.35 laser-timed forty. The Hermitage product has made a habit of showing out at Rivals posting the same forty-time in April of last year. Over the next two weeks Jackson will be taking trips to William and Mary, Old Dominion University, and Wake Forest University.
– Brandon Mitchell