Standout Oak Ridge Running Back Announces Top Three

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    A local running back is one step closer to announcing his collegiate decision. On Saturday morning, running back Kendall Jackson announced a top three of Memphis, Kentucky, and Tennessee.

    Currently, Jackson is a running back for Oak Ridge High School outside of Knoxville, TN. Jackson is a three-star prospect in the class of 2022 according to Rivals and 247 Sports.

    On Aug. 17, 2021, Jackson was named to Knox News’ Elite Eight, a collection of the top eight local high school prospects of the year. In the list, Jackson was ranked at the No. 5 spot.

    Throughout his recruit, the senior from Oak Ridge has collected 18 scholarship offers, including four SEC programs: Kentucky, Missouri, Ole Miss, and Tennessee. However, as seen in his list from Saturday morning, only the Vols and ‘Cats have made the cut.

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    During his senior year, Jackson ran for 443 yards and six touchdowns across 10 games. Meanwhile, during his junior season, Jackson hit 914 yards and 11 touchdowns. The biggest difference in the numbers between the seasons mainly has to do with the attempts, which were almost 70 more in 2020.

    Kendall Jackson, a strong runner, stands at six feet tall and weighs in at 195-pounds. According to 247 Sports, Jackson has not taken an official visit or unofficial visit during his recruitment so far.

    As things stand right now, Tennessee has the fifteenth ranked class in the 2022 rankings according to 247’s database. Additionally, the Vols are sitting at the seventh spot in the SEC rankings. Defensive lineman Jordan Phillips has already enrolled with the team, while the other 19 prospects have signed their letters of intent. Tennessee will also be bringing in two transfer players in Navy Shuler and Gerald Mincey.

    Ric Butler is a Knoxville based sports media personality who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since 2017. Most recently, he served as the lead writer for the website of a local radio station. Ric also helped create and host a daily radio show called “The Blitz." Ric’s passion for sports, smooth vocal, and infectious personality have made him popular with both his peers and Vol Nation. Originally from Dallas, Ric didn’t grow up riding horses to school. But he did dream of the big city lights. When not chasing down the latest Tennessee story, Ric can be found watching the WWE, often attempting their moves in an embarrassing fashion.