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Ian Jackson Shares Connection with Iowa’s Derrick Foster

November 7, 2019

Written by Rob Howe

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Ian Jackson is searching for a football fit. In the back of his mind, he hears his mom advising him to view the big picture.

He sees that when looking at Iowa, a program that offered him a scholarship Wednesday night.

“My mom is an educator. She’s preached education to my siblings and I. Iowa will offer me the opportunity to get a great education that will make her proud,” Jackson told HN.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound linebacker/safety is enjoying a strong junior season for Prattville (AL) High. His 78 tackles rank second on the team, which competes in the first round of the playoffs Friday night.

The Hawkeyes took notice of his performance this fall. Assistant Derrick Foster reached out.

“I heard a good bit from them a couple weeks ago; just coach Foster trying to form a relationship with me. I think coach Foster is a great guy. I can’t wait to build a relationship with him in the future,” Jackson said.

Indiana, Louisville, Memphis and West Virginia are among the other schools from which Jackson reported offers. He’s appreciated them all and saw a uniqueness to the Iowa opportunity.

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“It means a whole lot having an offer from Iowa because they don’t offer a lot of people. Knowing that they see me on film as a great player and also a great person means a lot,” he said.

“I know that Iowa has a lot of great chances for me to get a great education, and I’ve heard it’s a nice environment and atmosphere.”

Jackson wants to visit Iowa City at some point. And he knows what will ultimately determine where he’ll end up.

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“When I look at a college, I don’t care about the distance, but I do care that it’s a home feeling and a place that values my education as well as my play on the football field,” he said.

Having Foster lead Iowa’s recruitment here is a bonus for the Hawkeyes.

“I like the fact that coach Foster is an Alabama guy. His hometown (Goshen) is an hour away from Prattville. I think he would help make my transition easier being that we can relate in many ways,” Jackson said.

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Here’s a look at his regular-season highlights:

HawkeyeNation.com’s Rob Howe has covered Iowa Hawkeye sports for 23 years and began working at HawkeyeNation.com in 2003. Please follow @RobHoweHN and @HawkeyeNationHQ on Twitter.

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