2014 RB Ashton Jackson favoring Illini

The Trotwood-Madison (Ohio) roster is headlined by two ESPN 150 seniors, but the Rams’ 2014 class is a strong one, too. And star running back Ashton Jackson is one of Trotwood-Madison’s best players -- regardless of class.

The 5-foot-10, 182-pound junior had a breakout sophomore season, and he said he only got better this offseason.

“Catching the ball, I just had to work on focus because that’s the key,” Jackson said, “and my footwork, I practiced doing speed drills.”

Cincinnati, Illinois, Purdue and Toledo have offered Jackson. Following a visit to Champaign, Ill., the Illini are his early leader, along with Tennessee.

“It was pretty cool,” he said of the visit. “They've got a nice campus. It felt like home up there.”

Michigan and Ohio State are two teams that are showing the most interest but have yet to offer, and Jackson is high on both, having camped at each during the summer.

“I went to (Michigan’s) camp and think I did really well,” Jackson said. “They said they like my footwork and speed.

“It’s the same thing at Ohio State. I went to their camp and did really good.”