4-star RB Bo Jackson includes Kentucky in group of finalists

On3 imageby:Zack Geoghegan04/02/24


Class of 2025 running back Bo Jackson sure does live up to his name. Currently a high school junior at Cleveland (OH) Villa Angela-St. Joseph, Jackson is considered one of the nation’s top running backs, and one of the top overall players regardless of position.

He’s also seriously considering the Kentucky Wildcats as his college landing spot.

On Tuesday afternoon, On3’s Hayes Fawcett reported that Jackson is down to a dozen finalists. Joining Kentucky are Rutgers, Ohio State, Oregon, Georgia, West Virginia, Ole Miss, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, Michigan, and Penn State.

Clocking in at 6-foot, 205 pounds, Jackson is ranked No. 66 overall in the 2025 class, per the On3 Industry Ranking, with a four-star rating.

Kentucky was actually the very first Division I offer announced by Jackson. Safeties coach Frank Buffano extended a scholarship on the Wildcats’ behalf back in May 2022. Since then, Jackson has taken a handful of visits to Lexington, most recently in early February for the program’s annual Junior Day. Assistants Vince Marrow and Jay Boulware are also involved in this recruitment.

Jackson quickly began to blow up from there. Ohio State, considered the current frontrunner, offered a month after UK did. Jackson even visited the Buckeyes this past weekend. He’s also visited the likes of Tennessee, and Michigan over the last few weeks. Trips to Alabama and Georgia are set to take place later this week. He’s visited Penn State on several occasions, as well.

As of right now, Jackson has not publicly announced any official visit dates.

Kentucky already has one class of 2025 running back committed in three-star Isaiah West, but the Wildcats continue to look at adding a second. Jackson, along with Cleveland (OH) Heights four-star rusher Marquise Davis, are among the top of Kentucky’s Big Board.

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