Oregon has one running back for 2023 Dante Dowdelbut Carlos Locklyn isn’t done chasing other ball carriers in this class.
Another recruit that has his interest is Caleb Jackson, a 5-foot-11, 215-pound back from Liberty Magnet High School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which he attended earlier this month. The Ducks have been in constant contact and the interest certainly seems to have been mutual after Jackson included Oregon in its top ten schools in March.
“I get a good morning text from Coach Lock every morning and I get to talk to Coach Lanning every now and then,” he said ducks digest. “Honestly, just talking and being comfortable with Coach Lock is pretty much all it is.”
Locklyn has described himself as an elite relationship builder on the recruiting path, and that’s certainly the tone set with this back from the boot, which is also impressed with Locklyn’s resume prior to his landing at Eugene.
“As a coach he developed a lot of players and brought them into the league and actually became successful in the league. It’s what I love,” Jackson said. “As a person he is down to earth. He is real and he is honest.”
Jackson has yet to make the long journey to Eugene, but the Ducks have put themselves in a great position to host the talented ball carrier in the near future when he begins scheduling his official visits.
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“I have an official visit to Texas A&M and Florida for June 18th and 24th (respectively). I’m trying to get one for Oregon.”
Jackson mentioned Alabama and Michigan as other schools that could receive official visits as he gains more clarity on where he wants to call home for the next three to four years.
“I think I’m getting closer to my decision, but I’ve been making it day by day and not stressing myself too much,” he said in reference to a decision timeline. “I’m trying before the season right now, but it’s always open to change depending on how I’m feeling.”
Jackson is working to put these visits on his calendar, and the schools he will officially attend largely reflect those that recruit him hardest.
“Probably Oregon, LSU,” he said. “Alabama got in touch. Florida, Texas A&M too.”
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He shared a bit more detail about what he likes about some of these schools.
“I’ve been to a practice and the way they move is great, professional. And of course Coach Frank Wilson, he’s a great coach. I feel like I can get personal with him. He is a good man.”
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“The team. The kind of approach they have to attack. They have an ongoing offense. Of course they have two O-Line coaches so you know I’m looked after in that regard. And then of course the relationship, that’s what it’s about I’ll be honest. The relationship I have with Coach (Jabbar) Juluke. It’s a great relationship.”
Liberty Magnet running back Kaleb Jackson poses during a photoshoot while visiting Texas A&M.
“I love Coach T-Rob (Tommie Robinson), this is my dog. I’ve spoken to Coach T-Rob since I was a sophomore in high school. He has developed a good relationship with me. He came to school every chance he got. Honestly, he was just awesome to talk to and build a relationship with.
What he sees as the most important factor in his recruitment is common among prospects contemplating the same decision.
“It will be my relationship with the coaches. That will be the most important thing.”
*WATCH THE HIGHLIGHTS OF KALEB JACKSON HERE*
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