By Owen Gotimer
Viva Loudoun College Editor
(Feb. 20, 2014) – Woodgrove High School senior Jordan (J.J.) Jackson has signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his football career at the University of Virginia starting in the 2014-2015 school year.
“Now the real pressure is how I am going to help turn the program around,” said the 6-foot-4 Jackson after committing.
Jackson noted he chose UVA because of “the fact that the school is such an elite university academically and athletically, also its proximity.”
Born in Sioux City, Iowa, Jackson has his work cut out for him as the Division I Cavaliers finished the 2013 season 2-10 losing all eight games they played in the Atlantic Coast Conference. The Woodgrove senior will join Broad Run graduate Jackson Matteo and Stone Bridge graduate Rob Burns in Charlottesville next fall.
“I will be an athletic pass rusher who can get to the quarterback and someone who can also drop back in coverage if needed,” said Jackson who will play either outside linebacker or defensive end for Virginia.
Playing only two years of high school football, Jackson earned first team honors on the VHSL 4A All-State team his senior season after accumulating 86 tackles and 17 sacks. Until his junior year, Jackson played solely basketball so the transition from high school basketball player to collegiate football player is big for him.
“A good friend and teammate of mine, Josh Sweet, thought it would be a good idea for me to play for the [Woodgrove] program so I decided to give it a shot,” Jackson said. “Before I knew I gained 20 pounds and put on the pads and performed. What keeps me motivated is my love for the game and just getting better.”
Owen Gotimer is a graduate of Heritage High School in Leesburg and is currently a sophomore at Syracuse University. Follow Owen on Twitter (@BigO_Gotimer) for up-to-date college signings and news. Contact us if you want Owen to do an article on the college commitment of your favorite local athlete or a story on a Loudoun County graduate playing in college!