Pine-Richland DE Miguel Jackson commits to Charlotte after losing scholarship at Liberty
Tuesday, December 8, 2020 | 8:26 PM
Miguel Jackson felt a lot of emotions when he made his college football decision — for the second time.
Almost simultaneously, the star lineman and defensive end from Pine-Richland experienced relief, a renewed sense of belonging and peace of mind when he announced he will play at Charlotte of Conference USA.
“I’m just happy I found a new home,” he said.
Not long after the PIAA Class 5A championship game, which Pine-Richland won to cap an 11-0 season, Jackson found out Liberty, the program to which he initially pledged about four months ago, pulled his scholarship due to holdover seniors staying for another year after covid-19 wiped out this past season.
Charlotte, an FBS program with a spot for him, was there to pick up the pieces.
“(Charlotte) offered me last week, and I really liked what they had to offer,” the 6-foot-2, 265-pound Jackson said. “And I thought about it this weekend, and I committed to them (Monday).”
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A defensive end who also could play defensive tackle for the 49ers, Jackson recently won the 2nd Bill Fralic Memorial Award as the WPIAL’s top two-way lineman.
“I have a lot of family down there (in North Carolina) and that played a big factor,” Jackson said. “And I really like the campus.”
Jackson said over the weekend he had narrowed his choices to three. He chose Charlotte over Central Michigan and James Madison.
Pine-Richland’s all-time sacks leader, he had 54 tackles, 19.5 for loss, and 12.5 sacks this season.
Bill Beckner Jr. is a Tribune-Review Staff Writer. You can contact Bill by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via Twitter .
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