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May 17, 2009

Jackson gets healthy as he preps to join Vols

Brent Hubbs
Rivals.com College Football
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Five-star defensive back and Tennessee signee Janzen Jackson is finishing up a very important spring before arriving here in early June to start his collegiate career.

Jackson, who weighs 180 pounds, has spent the spring getting back into shape after having knee surgery.

"I had to have part of my meniscus reattached," Jackson said. "It's doing well. I started running about three weeks ago and I am just working to get back into condition. While I couldn't do any lower body work, I really worked hard in the weight room on my upper body."

In addition to trying to get ready physically, Jackson has been doing his part mentally to be ready.

"I have been watching some DVD cut-ups of the defense to try and get a feel for the defense," Jackson said. "Any little bit I can understand about the defense before I get there can only help me. Coach [Willie Mack] Garza and I, as well as Coach O [Ed Orgeron] and I, talk a lot."

Jackson is looking forward to his arrival in Knoxville and getting to know his teammates as well as learning the safety spot in Monte Kiffin's defense.

"I really don't have a preference as to where I play," Jackson said. "I am more comfortable at safety and that is where they told me I would start. I might get a look or some work at corner later on, but I will start at safety.

"I am looking forward to getting to know my teammates and the rest of the recruiting class. When I visited I was the only one that weekend so I don't know anyone in the class other than by names and reputation."

A lifelong Knoxville resident, Brent Hubbs has covered the Volunteers professionally since 1994. Hubbs founded VolQuest.com in January of 2000 and can also be heard on his weekly radio show or on the Vol Network during pre-game.
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