2015 running back Emanuel Jackson of Riverside High School has grown in a number of ways since we last spoke to him. Jackson has grown physically in height and weight but he's added some more talents to his skill set too. A Pac-12 camp saw Jackson work at a new position to give him some added versatility. Already one of the Upstate's top sprinters in his class Jackson is putting it to use on the gridiron.
Two weeks ago Jackson saw some touches at running back after he spent most of the early season at slot receiver for the Warriors. It was just like old times for Jackson who dominated the local area in little league play over the years.
Asked if the move back to his natural position of running back against Woodmont was his first look there by the coaching staff Jackson had this to say.
"It was the first time I've been back at running back in game situations on the varsity level yes."
Jackson ended the night with 9 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown. Impressive needless to say as he averaged a little over 13 yards per carry.
The 2015 prospect had a big game against Woodmont and he had a straightforward response to that performance. The Riverside coaches saw why we're projecting him as a running back with that showing as well and he talked about what they had to say afterwards.
"I felt that I did my job and that's all that matters. The coaches said that I had did a great job and that they loved my touchdown run."
Jackson says that they will move him around between running back and wide receiver to try and get him the ball more to utilize his speed and athleticism more as the season moves on. His efforts against Woodmont didn't go unnoticed either though.
Jackson was awarded the Greer Citizen Player of The Week Award for that week.
In regards to recruiting Clemson started recruiting Jackson last season and he is also hearing from Oregon. Jackson actually went to camp with the Ducks over the summer and he talked about his cross country experience with the Pac-12 program.
"It was a great fundamental learning experience for me at the wide receiver position. I really liked the access you had to their amazing game field and the togetherness of the athletes there."
The 2015 prospect says he was able to talk with the Oregon assistant coaches and position coaches primarily while camping with the Ducks.
With the season nearing the middle of the schedule we asked Jackson what his goals were for the rest of the season for the Warriors and himself moving forward.
"Just to capitalize on our mistakes from the previous game and gain progress each week to gain respect from other teams."
Already hearing from Clemson and Oregon, Jackson says he'd like to hear more from both programs as well as Florida State.
We'll keep a close eye on Jackson as he continues to grow physically and continues to show some dynamic moves when he gets the ball in his hands so stay tuned right here for more updates with this talented young 2015 prospect on SCPrepNation.com!