August 10, 2010

Another Pennsylvania DE to visit Texas Tech?

Desimon Green, the talented three-star defensive end out of Clairton, Pa., has already set up his official visit to Texas Tech for Labor Day weekend at the beginning of September.

Though Green has never been to Lubbock and the thought of playing for the Red Raiders is a relatively new one the coaching staff has stayed on him hard and has convinced him to check Texas Tech out.

Now it appears as though another defensive end from the state of Pennsylvania will be making the trip to Texas Tech.

"I know for sure I'm going to take one (an official visit) to Texas Tech," said Branden Jackson, a three-star defensive end out of McKeesport.

"I don't have a date set yet. I was going to go with Desimon Green but we have a game that weekend.

"They just seem a little different than everybody else, the way coach (Robert) Prunty has recruited me. Me and him are real cool. He made it a point to get to know who I was before he even started talking about football."

After Texas Tech he does not know where else he would like to go for official visits.

The last unofficial trip Jackson took was to North Carolina late last month. He was in Chapel Hill with his teammate and fellow defensive lineman Delvon Simmons.

"I think I'm done for the summer," Jackson said this week.

Jackson plans on taking as many official visits as he can before he makes his decision, and that would seem to indicate that he plans on taking all five.

There is one school that has not offered yet that has the potential to significantly alter the recruiting picture, at least as far as Jackson is concerned.

"I was planning on narrowing it down before practice and the season started but I've had some interest being shown from Oregon.

"My highlight tape was lost with some junk mail that got sent out to them. Now they're going to evaluate me and that could change things up if they're interested.

"That's just a place I've thought about playing at for a long time, just because of the uniforms and playing with them on video games and stuff like that. If they were to offer I'd say they'd be right there in the middle towards the top (of his list). I've had some personal interest in them."

Jackson is ranked the No. 38 strongside defensive end in the nation.

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