Council Bluffs (Iowa) Iowa Western C.C. has a relatively new football program but that has not stopped the Reivers from becoming a powerhouse rather quickly, as they are currently ranked No. 1 in the country.
Don Jackson is a December graduate and will still have three years of eligibility remaining.
The backfield contains three running backs in the class of 2013 that will play FBS ball next year but perhaps the one that has been the last talked about so far is Don Jackson. While teammates Aaron Wimberly and Vernard Roberts have had a chance to shine, injuries have hampered the 5-foot-10.5, 205-pound Jackson. However, he is now healthy and ready to show of what he is capable.
“I haven’t had a lot of luck at Iowa Western with injuries,” Jackson said. “I got hurt right before the season started last year so I took a redshirt.
“I was out with an injury this year too. My hamstring injury had me out but my first game back was this week for the Georgia Military game. I had a slight hamstring tear. I did it right before my first game this year. I’m back now though and feel good.”
The silver lining on the injury front is that Jackson will now have an extra year of eligibility at a four-year program and he will also be able to graduate from Iowa Western in only three semesters.
“I took extra classes last year so I’d be able to get out in December,” he said. “I’m a December grad and I’ll have three years of eligibility left so colleges seem to like that. I think that’s helped me out.”
Jackson was healthy in the spring and earned a few offers based on his performance at that time. He could be close to receiving several more as well.
“Right now, on the table I have offers from Iowa State, Western Michigan and Nevada,” he said. “My coach told me University of Washington is very interested. They’ve seen my spring film and they’re just waiting on me to get my game highlight film together.
“Western Kentucky, I talked to them. I talked to Louisiana-Lafayette just once. My brother sent the coaches at Ball State my highlight film so they’re interested too I think.”
Coming out of Sacramento (Calif.) Laguna Creek in the class of 2011, Jackson was actually committed to a Pac-12 program. However, he has not had much contact with the new staff there. One member of the prior staff has continued recruiting him, though, albeit at a different school.
“I committed to Washington State in high school,” he said, “but I didn’t sign because I wasn’t going to qualify. I’ve kept up with the coaches that recruited me and that’s how Iowa State came in the picture with coach (Todd) Sturdy there now.”
Jackson has a teammate in Wimberly that is currently committed to Iowa State and another in defensive end Rodney Coe that is leaning towards the Cyclones. While the two talk to him about the possibility of ending up in Ames, he says he needs to make his own decision.
“They talk to me a little about Iowa State but I’m not going to base my decision off anyone else,” Jackson said. “This whole recruiting thing, I’m going to look into all the factors. I’m going to really do my homework on everywhere. I like the whole Iowa State idea but I haven’t been on any visits so I want to be able to compare it to some other places.”