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Merrick Jackson Discusses Illini Decision

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After placing defensive linemen in the first round of the NFL draft the last two years, Fighting Illini football has begun to establish a tradition of defensive linemen. Perhaps that might be why Belleville defensive tackle Merrick Jackson decided on Illinois for his college home.

At 6'-2" and 290 pounds, Belleville Althoff's Merrick Jackson has the size to play in the Big Ten. And after thinking things through, he decided to commit to the University of Illinois over offers from Iowa, Indiana, Missouri, and others. Having the decision out of the way is definitely a relief for Jackson. "It's a lot better. I won't...

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