Hermitage RB C.J. Jackson (Photo: Andy Hilton/recruit804)
Recruit804 Fab 30: C.J. Jackson RB Hermitage #12
by Brandon Mitchell, recruit804
There were so many talented running backs in the Central Region that it became difficult to keep count last season. Devin Flowers, Korey Bridy, Caleb Grimes, Ronnie Walker, Job Whalen, C.J. Donaldson, Jalen Jackson and Zyan Sturdivant among others gave us all a season to remember. Newcomers such as Eric McDaniels and Robert Briggs have one foot in the door and are ready to carry the torch, but there are still a few running backs not ready to pass it on yet. Hermitage starting running back C.J. Jackson was a part of a two-headed combo that gave defensive coordinators fits in the running game last season. With Webster Hill already out the door, Jackson will have a little more room to stretch his feet out heading into his senior season.
Heading into the regular season, we recognize the top 30 senior prospects in and around the city of Richmond. Continuing our countdown as the 12th best senior prospect region-wide is Hermitage starting running back C.J. Jackson.
#12 C.J. Jackson (2019 RB 5-10 190) – Hermitage High School
With 2:51 left in the third quarter of a week one matchup against Highland Springs last season, Jackson took a Jay Carney handoff four yards into the end zone putting the Panthers up 14-9. That score would hold to the end of the contest as it gave Hermitage their first win of the season. Jackson and Hill powered in 193 combined rushing yards and the game’s only two touchdowns for Hermitage. If the Central Region didn’t know who C.J. Jackson was at that particular moment, after it they knew exactly who he was.
The Hermitage product is equipped with an equal dose of power and speed within his attribute set that’ll allow him to take it to the next level heading into this upcoming season. Jackson successfully contributed to the Panthers’ offense last season rushing for 1,009 yards and 13 touchdowns last season. Jackson picked up 16 collegiate offers throughout the course of his recruitment which included offers from: Kent State, Marshall, Purdue, Gardner-Webb, Air Force, Army, Towson, Old Dominion, Navy, Richmond and East Carolina among others.
On May 15, Jackson picked up his 14th offer from James Madison University and by June 1 he was committed to the Dukes stating, “It was best for me to make this decision right now. I don’t want to have any distractions going into the season.” Distractions will be a thing of the past for the Hermitage product who will have to find a way to dig deep after losing Ali Jennings, Khalil Finger and former head coach Patrick Kane. However, if anyone is up for the challenge its C.J. Jackson.
– Brandon Mitchell
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