Jackson ready to impress Cincinnati

MANSFIELD, Ohio -- Cincinnati might want to pay close attention to running back Ashton Jackson (Trotwood, Ohio/Trotwood-Madison) when he heads to campus this weekend for the Bearcats’ Friday Night Lights camp.

The 5-foot-10, 191-pound senior has offers from Buffalo, Illinois, Purdue, Toledo, Central Michigan and Eastern Michigan.

He had an offer from Cincinnati under the old regime and really wants to impress the Bearcats again.

In fact, his wanting to turn the heads of Cincinnati coaches is so strong he put it all out on the line during an interview at Arlin Field in Mansfield on Tuesday.

When asked point blank if there’s a chance he’d commit to the Bearcats with a new offer, Jackson didn’t hesitate.

“Yes sir,” Jackson said. “I’m ready. I like them.”

Jackson likes the fact that Cincinnati is just a touch over an hour drive for him and that the Bearcats’ running game fits right into his mold. He has molded his running game after former UC standout Isaiah Pead, who was selected in the second round of this year’s NFL Draft by the St. Louis Rams.

He’s also very much interested in heading down to Cincinnati’s campus to mesh with the new coaching staff.

“That’s why I’m going,” Jackson deadpanned.

As a junior, Jackson led the Rams back to the Division II state finals for the third year in a row before falling to Toledo Central Catholic.

He rushed for 1,097 yards on 139 attempts and scored 20 touchdowns. Throughout his career, Jackson has carried the ball 241 times for 2,097 yards -- an 8.7 yards per carry average – and scored 37 times.