Drake Jackson received his honorary jersey from (left) Staff Sergeant Cody Tribble and Sergeant First Class Jesus Davalos (Photo: U.S. Army All-American Bowl)
Drake Jackson has been more than just a key piece in what might be the University of Kentucky’s best group of offensive line recruits. He has been a cornerstone for the effort to build the Kentucky program and that includes reaching out to other recruits to spread the word about the future Wildcats’ big plans.
Jackson, who signed his financial aid papers in late September, will get another recruiting opportunity at the U.S. Army All-American Bowl to talk up players who have yet to make their college choice and perhaps sway some others.
Jackson is ranked as the No. 2 center in the nation and No. 2 player in his home state of Kentucky.
He received his honorary jersey for the Army Bowl when the Selection Tour presented by American Family Insurance came to his school, Wofford County in Versailles, Ky., on Friday.
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His passion for Kentucky was clear over the summer when took to Twitter to announce that he was not interested in entertaining any other offers. He was going to be a Wildcat period.
Jackson had committed to Kentucky last December over offers from Alabama, Ohio State and Tennessee.
Another member of Kentucky’s O-line class, Landon Young, a 6-7 tackle from Lafayette High in Lexington, also is scheduled to play in the Army Bowl.