Mike Locksley to Check on Midwest Linebacker

West Bloomfield (MI) three-star linebacker Kari Jackson has been hearing from Maryland since the start of his junior season, but he’ll get a chance to see the staff later this week once the dead period is complete.

“The head coach is coming to see me Friday at school then after that, they’ll be coming back up to the school with the recruiting coordinator and position coach,” Jackson told IBG. Recruiting analyst Gary Wortham Jr. first led the charge for the 6-foot-1.5, 210-pound linebacker but Jackson admitted he’s been hearing from both inside linebacker coach Lance Thompson and offensive coordinator Dan Enos since then. “I talk to them both amount the same. They both contact me all the time.” Both have brought up the possibility of Jackson making it down to College Park for an extended trip.

“Probably some time in the spring for a practice or a more personal visit. They give me a pretty good idea but the idea of going and learning about the history and all the campus, different football stuff will be better so I want a chance to do that.” In the meantime, Jackson was able to track Maryland’s progress and took note of the narrow road loss to Michigan at the start of the season.

“I’ve watched a couple of their games. They’re just talking about their NIL and history, their turnaround to get back to bowls. They’ve made big changes. Maryland has had pretty good seasons and they’re trying to become more of a winning team consistently so I can see the different improvements from the talent and recruits they’re bringing in.”

While Jackson will eye a future trip to College Park, he’ll see a pair of schools this month starting with Wisconsin on January 21st. “I’m pretty familiar with coach [Luke] Fickell from when they were at Cincinnati,” Jackson added. After that, he’ll head to Penn State on the 28th.

While a commitment will likely come after the season, Jackson admitted a top ten will come after the next two visits. “It’s probably coming up pretty soon.” Would Maryland make the cut?

“They’re going to make it.”

Jackson is rated a three-star prospect and an 88 overall by On3, sitting as the 12th-best prospect in Michigan.

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