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Former Lion continues career as Trojan

Posted on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at 9:18 am

Zach Jackson signs a letter of intent to play for Virginia State University Trojans this fall. Photo by Chan Powell

Ending his high school career on the gridiron on a high note, Zacchaeus [Zach] Jackson led the Louisa County High School Lions to a memorable victory over undefeated Western Albemarle, spoiling the opponent’s perfect season last November 2012.

In his final game, Jackson ran for 114 yards and three touchdowns, while he passed for 100 yards and two touchdowns.

The dual-threat athlete officially signed his letter of intent with the Virginia State University (VSU) Trojans on Thursday, May 2.

Jackson was excited and thrilled to receive a full athletic and academic scholarship to VSU.

“It means the coaches see more than athletics and football with me,” Jackson said. “They see that I am an intelligent guy and I am also really into school and that academics is a really big part of my up-building.”

Jackson, who currently has a 4.0 grade average, will major in mechanical engineering at VSU.

He chose engineering because it is a challenging major that would keep him focused on academics.

Last summer, Jackson attended football camps at Virginia Tech, University of Virginia and William and Mary. He was contacted by Livingstone College in Salisbury, North Carolina and was going to visit their campus when VSU defensive back coach Rodney Redd contacted LCHS head coach Jon Meeks.

Having been a rival coach against Louisa, former Monticello High School head coach Redd engaged in conversations with Meeks and Jackson.

To read the entire story, see the May 9 edition of The Central Virginian.