"It was very exciting", said Patrick Jackson, about being at Rutgers
Stadium this past Friday night for the school's win over Navy, which pushed
the resurgent football team to 2-0 on the season. "I like Rutgers a lot.
It's a great atmosphere on campus, and they are definitely a possibility for
me", he said. He loved the way the RU fans rallied around the team: "After
Navy scored, the crowd got quiet, but then when Rutgers came back and scored,
the fans would go crazy. It's a real electric atmosphere".
One of the more appealing aspects of potentially being a Scarlet Knight for
Pat Jackson is to help transform and rebuild the basketball program in the way
that the football program has been rebuilt and transformed. "I'm into making
history if I could", he said. "I like that idea. The thought of coming
here and helping to put this program back on the map is very appealing to me".
That Patrick Jackson would utter similar sentiments to those expressed by Rutgers
recruit Christian Morris, who said the same thing about coming to RU, should
hardly be surprising, since they both know each other well and are friends.
"I know Christian real well, and I'm also good friends with Mike Rosario",
he said, about the coveted St Anthony's guard, who, along with Morris currently
comprise RU's '08 recruiting class.
The possibility of Patrick Jackson joining them is a very real possibility.
"I've taken three visits so far - to Seton Hall, St. John's, and to Rutgers,
and I've liked Rutgers the best", he said. Seton Hall has since been eliminated
from consideration, and the final five schools that remain on his list, from
the 19 scholarship offers he has received, are St John's, Virginia Tech, Iowa
St, Houston, and Rutgers.
Jackson has said that he definitely will decide by the November signing period
where his ultimate destination will be, and should RU eventually land the talented
swingman, who will play his senior campaign at Boys and Girls High after transferring
from Xavarian, much credit will go to assistant coach Craig Carter. "Coach
Carter and I are pretty close", said Jackson. Coach Carter has been the
lead recruiter for Jackson, but he also noted that his relationship with Head
Coach Fred Hill has grown recently as well.
Some final notes about Patrick Jackson: in this day and age of recruits entering
college as 20 or 21 year old freshman, when Patrick Jackson enters college,
he will be the traditional 18 year old - as he turned 17 in June. Thus, it seems
as if the Brooklyn native is just scratching the surface of his potential. He
is known as a sharpshooter, but added that his ball-handling skills and his
ability to shoot off the dribble are coming along. He also said he wants to
major in sports management - which RU offers.
One of the more interested attendees at Friday nights Rutgers 41-24 victory over Navy – and one that Rutgers basketball fans are no doubt themselves highly interested in – was Brooklyn's Patrick Jackson. SOR spoke with the rising 6'6 senior to get his thoughts on the night, his recruitment, and to see where RU stands with him.