Irish Pickup WR Commitment

Notre Dame picked up its 5th commitment of the season on Sunday when New Jersey wide receiver Bennett Jackson committed to the Irish.  Jackson, a 6’1″, 165 lb wide out is the second commitment at the position for Notre Dame this year and has the versatility to help out in a number of areas.  He picked the Irish over Michigan State and Pitt.

Jackson told NJ.com that there just wasn’t anything that he could find that he didn’t like about Notre Dame.

“I just really liked Notre Dame a lot,” said Jackson, who visited Notre Dame May 23. “When I went out there, I felt really comfortable with the coaches and the players. There wasn’t anything bad or negative I can think of. Notre Dame just had all positives.”

Jackson has seen his stock sky rocket since the beginning of the Spring when he sat without any offers.  Since then, however, the offers started to roll in – including one from Notre Dame last month.  Mike Farrell of Rivals.com recently called Jackson one of the fastest rising recruits in the northeast after his string of offers began coming in.

“Jackson is the second best recever in the state behind Shakim Phillips,” according to Rivals.com national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell. “He is one of the fastest rising recruits in the northeast and most schools who came to see him this spring eval came away impressed and offered.”

Jackson runs the 40 in the 4.5 range and caught 35 passes for 806 yards last season.  Considering some of the elite wide receiver prospects still listing Notre Dame among their favorites, Jackson’s tape must have really caught Weis’s attention for the Irish to offer so early.  He joins Daniel Smith at the wide receiver position with highly regarded recruits like Corey Cooper, Kyle Prater, and Justin McCay still heavily considering the Irish.

Bennett Jackson Video

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7 Comments

  1. @ryno, thanks for pointing out the typo – its fixed.

    As for Cooper, I know he’s getting looks at safety, but I just can’t see his speed and athleticism not being utilized on the offensive side of the ball. McCay has been mentioned as a possible defensive player as well, but just like with Cooper I think he’s too good not to have the ball in his hands.

  2. Thanks guys, I should be back to posting regularly again. Real life has a terrible habit of getting in the way my blogging sometimes :)

  3. Oh, Man! That video was over the top in the first 15 seconds. I think I need to go watch, “Knute Rockne, All American”, just to get my love for the game back.

  4. the triumphant return. (enter bugle noise here)

    But realistic, the kid runs a 4.5 at 165lbs. He will need to put on about 20lbs and maintain that speed to even think about playing

  5. The video looks impressive but are we looking at a very high level of competition? Is Jackson playing against inferior competition? If not, he could be a great catch for ND. It appears he has the tools to be coached which is also a good thing.

    Welcome aboard Bennett, and welcome back Frankie V.

  6. It’s Justin McCay not McCoy and Corey Cooper is most likely going to be a safety at the next level. It’s going to be tough to get Prater. Best shot is getting Tailor Jones up here in the fall for a visit and try to get him to switch from Stanfraud to ND.

    Montana committed to Washington.

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