Red Bank's Jackson Commits To Play Football At Wofford College

Lions' Star Key Player In Team's Drive To Class 3A Semifinals In 2017

Tuesday, June 26, 2018 - by Larry Fleming

Red Bank’s Calvin Jackson, who helped the Lions reach the 2017 Class 3A football semifinals, verbally committed to Wofford College on Tuesday morning and then celebrated by heading for Florida and a family vacation.

“I’m really excited,” Jackson said in a telephone interview of his decision to join the 2017 Southern Conference champion Terriers. “I don’t have to worry about taking visits or having coaches calling me.

I’m going to focus on trying to help Red Bank win a state championship.

“I think last year was a great experience for us in the playoffs and we have a lot of things to work on, but I believe we can make a big run this upcoming season.”

Red Bank defeated Loudon to capture the Region 3-3A championship last season and then knocked off Sequatchie County, York Institute and Smith County to reach the 3-A semifinals where the Lions fell to eventual state champion Alcoa, 34-0.

“Calvin’s biggest accomplishment last year was being a Class 3A Mr. Football semifinalist,” said Red Bank coach Chris Brown, who was selected in February to succeed Chad Grabowski after serving as an assistant coach at Unicoi County, Ooltewah and Cleveland.

“He’s an all-purpose athlete and played every offensive skill position a year ago,” Brown said. “He specialized on offense with some spot duty on defense when needed. This year he’ll continue those roles with us and we’ll be creating ways to get the ball to him in space. He’s about 195 pounds right now and that’s impressive, but when what jumps out about him is his speed, elusiveness and upper body strength.”

Jackson piled up 1,070 yards and 12 touchdowns as a wide receiver, rushed for 870 yards and 20 TDs and returned one kickoff for a score while leading the Lions to an 11-3 record last season.

In the win against Loudon that nailed down a region title, Jackson rushed for two touchdowns of 1 and 2 yards and caught a 41-yard touchdown pass.

Over the weeks and months since, Jackson studied his college options. His first four offers came from Appalachian State, East Tennessee State, Indiana State and Wofford. He also considered Austin Peay and Kennesaw State.

“I like the campus at Wofford,” Jackson said of the school’s campus located in Spartanburg, South Carolina. “It wasn’t too big or too small and I developed a real good relationship with the Wofford coaches. I feel like they really cared for me throughout my recruitment. Plus, they have great academics over there and that comes first with me.

“Once I got to middle school I began to think that playing might be something I’d like to do for a while. I started getting on top of my grades and improving my football skills.”

Brown said Jackson is a 3.0 student and “comes from a great family and is a high-quality, high-character kid.”

Wofford went 10-3 last season and reached double-digit wins in back-to-back seasons for the first time in school history. With a 7-1 mark, the Terriers won their first conference title. They beat league rival Furman in the NCS playoffs before losing to eventual national champion North Dakota State.

(Contact Larry Fleming at larryfleming44@gmail.com and on Twitter @larryfleming44)

 

PREP BASEBALL/SOFTBALL SCHEDULES

Cleveland State Baseball Wins, Softball Loses Against Chattanooga State

UTC Women Tied For Fourth At Hawkeye El Tigre Golf Invitational


(Changes, Corrections Or Additions: Please Notify Dennis Norwood at dennisnorwood56@gmail.com) PREP BASEBALL FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Walker Valley at Northwest Whitfield CSAS at Whitwell ... (click for more)

Cleveland State baseball started its series with Chattanooga State on a positive note, winning 7-3 over the Tigers this afternoon after trailing 3-0 in the early stages of the game. The top ... (click for more)

The Chattanooga Mocs women’s golf team moved up into a tie for fourth with 18 holes to play in the Hawkeye El Tigre Invitational. The Mocs shot 298 today for a two-day total of 600. That ... (click for more)


Sports

PREP BASEBALL/SOFTBALL SCHEDULES

(Changes, Corrections Or Additions: Please Notify Dennis Norwood at dennisnorwood56@gmail.com) PREP BASEBALL FRIDAY, MARCH 22 Walker Valley at Northwest Whitfield CSAS at Whitwell Sequatchie Co. at Cleveland (DH) York Institute at Central Ooltewah Invitational At Ooltewah 10:00 am: Ooltewah JV vs. Grissom JV 1:00 pm: Ooltewah vs. Grissom 4:00 ... (click for more)

Cleveland State Baseball Wins, Softball Loses Against Chattanooga State

Cleveland State baseball started its series with Chattanooga State on a positive note, winning 7-3 over the Tigers this afternoon after trailing 3-0 in the early stages of the game. The top of the order was key to the win. The first four of the lineup, consisting of CF Tucker Mendenhall, RF Lance Dockery, 3B Rhett Baldwin, and SS Jonathan Hickman combined for all seven RBIs and ... (click for more)

Breaking News

Worker At Western Sizzlin Restaurant At Ooltewah Diagnosed With Acute Hepatitis A; Persons Who Ate There March 10-20 Urged To Get Vaccine

Chattanooga-Hamilton County Health Department officials confirmed Friday that an employee working at the Western Sizzlin Restaurant, 6021 Relocation Way, Ooltewah, has been diagnosed with acute hepatitis A. The restaurant employee worked at the restaurant while contagious March 10-20. Persons who ate at this restaurant during these dates should get vaccinated with the hepatitis ... (click for more)

Bankston Favors Sewage Consolidation; Eyes Sewage Plant In East Ridge; Boyd Says Ooltewah Residents To Go Back To "Chamber Pots And Outhouses"

County Commissioner Chester Bankston said consolidation of the city and county sewer programs "is the number one answer for our sewage problems." "It's the best answer for our taxpayers and ratepayers," said the commissioner who serves on a committee of Ooltewah area residents looking into the sewage issue. The panel is set to give its recommendations to officials of the Hamilton ... (click for more)

Opinion

Growth Can Continue At Ooltewah On Septic Tanks

I want to set the record straight about growth in North Hamilton County. On Feb. 21, 2019, County Mayor Coppinger called a “reset” meeting with the residents of Ooltewah/Harrison over the proposed sewer plant in North Hamilton County. In front of this community, I stood up and specifically asked the county mayor if growth could continue in Ooltewah and Harrison on septic tanks ... (click for more)

Our Roads Need To Be Repaired For Ironman

Chattanooga being a finalist for the 2021 Ironman is great news. The business gained at the local bicycle repair shops from bent rims, busted tires and warped frames should produce some great local revenue. The local physicians should see a surge as well from the twisted ankles and busted up knees from dips, humps and pot holes on our area roads that could swallow a small child. ... (click for more)