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Glenbard North's Justin Jackson makes a long catch. | Patrick Gleason ~ For Sun-Times Media
Junior Glenbard North running back Justin Jackson has been turning heads all season, and now has offers from Illinois, Purdue, Northwestern and Boston College.
He also visited Wisconsin for their last home game.
“The weight room is really nice, the atmosphere is crazy and Camp Randall is crazy,” Jackson said. “It’s a great atmosphere. As a player it is something you love when a city gets behind you like that.”
Jackson says he plans to visit Iowa Saturday.
“I really would like to see the campus and stuff because some of my brother’s friends say the campus is amazing up there,” Jackson said of Iowa. “Plus I really like the offense that they run so it will be interesting to see it live, its similar to what we run at Glenbard.
‘‘I am also looking forward to talking to the coaches and hopefully we can start developing a relationship.”
Jackson has previously visited Northwestern, and mentioned that he would like to set one last visit during the season to Purdue or Vanderbilt.
Offer for Allegretti
Cincinnati is the first offer for junior Lincoln-Way East offensive lineman Nick Allegretti.
“It was awesome, I was in my room when I learned about the offer and I couldn’t sit still,” Allegretti said. “My mom and dad were excited. I also talked to my coaches and my brother and they were all excited, too.”
The 6-3, 290-pound prospect visited the Bearcats before receiving the offer, and came away impressed with Cincinnati for a variety of reasons.
“I liked it a lot,’’ Allegretti said. ‘‘We have a former teammate there [Dan Giordano] and I was close with him before he went there. The coaches were awesome and it was a warm welcome.
‘‘I am interested in learning more about them.”
Allegretti plans to visit Iowa Saturday for its match-up against Penn State.
Thornton senior Jalen Banks, one of the area’s top defensive backs, committed to Vanderbilt after a weekend official visit.
“It’s the best of both worlds,” he said. “It’s close to family and an opportunity I couldn’t pass up.”
Banks visited Nashville twice, and the first visit over the summer had him feeling the Commodores were special.
“I got around Coach [James] Franklin and Coach [Bob] Shoop and how they made me feel at home with the southern hospitality in Nashville,” Banks said. “To be able to compete in the SEC and get an education I had to consider them as well.”
Banks decided to pick Vanderbilt over offers from Wisconsin and Oregon, among others.