January 22, 2012
Jackson is next at Trotwood
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The run of talent at Trotwood (Ohio) Madison High School doesn't appear to be slowing down any time soon. The Dayton area program has sent several football prospects to Division I programs over the last decade and the sophomore and freshmen classes seem to be in very good hands. One of the top young prospects on the roster is class of 2014 running back Ashton Jackson.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound back had a huge sophomore season for the Rams, rushing for 1,081 yards on just 118 carries. Jackson also added 17 touchdowns, establishing himself as one of Ohio's top prospects in the 2014 class. Perhaps the most impressive thing about Jackson's big year was the fact that he was doing it behind another highly regarded prospect in junior Israel Green.
"I always knew that since I was going to be second string that I had to make every carry count," said Jackson. "I just tried my best and played my hardest every time I got in. (Playing alongside Green) pushes me, if he scores, it makes me want to score. It's better for us, we challenge each other to get better."
Jackson's first varsity season simply could not have went much better as in addition to the big numbers, he was able to take part in winning a state championship.
"It was great," he said. "It didn't hit me until like two weeks after that we had won state. It was just a great feeling."
Naturally, Jackson's outstanding sophomore season has led to serious interest from some big-time programs around the Midwest.
"I've been hearing from a couple of schools, they send me letters," Jackson explained. "Wisconsin (has been sending mail) and I've talked to coaches at Ohio State, Purdue, and Nebraska."
Early in the process, Jackson says that he does have a favorite but that he is open to all schools that are willing to recruit him.
"Ohio State is my favorite," he said. "I've always been a fan of them. Like Cameron (Burrows) said, I can't be biased when I go into the recruiting process."
At the moment, Jackson said he doesn't have any plans to take unofficial visits during the winter as he focuses on wrestling. Once that is over, it will be back to improving on the football field, where he understands the bar will be set higher for him as a junior.
"I'm trying to get better with getting in and out of my cuts," he said. "I'm going to try my best always."
Jackson added that he plans to attend some camps over the summer but isn't sure which ones just yet.
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