County native, Jackson, among UVa 2021 football recruits

A Pulaski native is among the University of Virginia’s 2021 football recruiting class.

James Jackson signed his national letter of intent on Wednesday. Jackson will be a mid-year enrollee at UVa, heading to class in January.

The 6-3, 200 lb. outside linebacker attended Pulaski County High School his freshman year.

PCHS Athletic Director Scott Vest said Wednesday he remembered Jackson, noting he “was a good kid.”

Vest said Jackson abruptly left Pulaski County and enrolled at North Cross in Roanoke. While playing for the Raiders, Jackson played linebacker and wide receiver for head coach Stephen Alexander.

While at North Cross, Jackson earned all-state honors as a receiver and as a linebacker after helping the Raiders to an 11-1 record and a VISAA Division II state championship in 2019. Jackson caught 29 passes for 575 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2019, while also notching 77 tackles, 8.0 TFLs and 9.0 sacks.

In a shortened 2020 season due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, he made 29 tackles, 4.0 TFLs and 2.0 sacks and also caught 11 passes for 202 yards and two scores.

Jackson is listed as a three-star recruit by ESPN.com, Rivals.com and 247sports.com.

Jackson is one of 24 members of UVa’s recruiting class – nine of whom are from Virginia. A tenth member is from out-of-state, but attended boarding school in-state.

Virginia’s recruiting class ranks 28th by 247sports.com and fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference. It is head coach Bronco Mendenhall’s highest rated class since he arrived in Charlottesville in 2015.

By Mike Williams, The Patriot