"My reaction was excited and a little shocked," Jackson told GoBlueWolverine, "because on signing day I talked to all the coaches. I talked to the head coach (Brady Hoke), defensive coordinator (Greg Mattison), DB coach (Curt Mallory), and then I got to talk to the recruiting coach (Dan Ferrigno) in my area. So it was a big deal, because even though they are still recruiting and waiting for the '13 class to sign, I still got a chance to talk to them—and they offered. That showed me they are very concerned with me and they like me a lot."
A four-star prospect and No. 8 CB in the latest 2014 Scout 300 player rankings, Jackson said the Michigan offer came after the team watched his impressive game film.
"I think so," he said. "because they were saying when they saw my film, I was a freak of nature. Of course it's a highlight film, so they said, ‘Okay, it's a highlight film.' But then they saw the game film and said I did the same thing I did on my game film as my highlight film. So they were like, yeah, I am really like an impact player and can come there right away and do the big things."
At 5-foot-11, 185-pounds, Jackson played wide receiver, punter and kick returner on Serra's state championship run last season.
"Individually I had 18 touchdowns offensively," he said. "I had about five returns for touchdowns and 10 total, but a few got called back. Defensively I had 76 tackles, two forced fumbles, a sack, and I had five interceptions."
While Jackson excels at wide receiver , he admits playing defense is a better fit for him in college.
"I think I can do defense and special teams," he said. "If they want me to come in on a package on offense that would be good. I am not looking to play both sides of the ball in college. I'm not one of those players who wants to do that. But I just want to come in and contribute however I can. But I think defense is going to be my main thing when I get to college.
"I definitely want to be returning (kicks) in college. You know, kickoff, I like to come down on kickoff coverage and make some tackles, and on punt (coverage) too. I played punter. Just being on special teams, I enjoyed it. It was fun being on special teams this season."
Schools of Interest
Jackson said his list of favorites schools in no particular order include: UCLA, Michigan, LSU, Florida, Miami (Fla.) and Texas A & M.
"From the programs, I am looking to make sure they have people with the same goals as me, the same demeanor and same athletic ability," he said. "Then I am looking at the coaches to make sure they're telling the truth and everything. And another thing, if I can see myself living there after I graduate from school."
While he resides in California, he grew up in the Belleville, Ill, and says distance will not factor in his decision.
"I don't think location will be a factor, because I am from Illinois," he said. "I have just been out in California for a year, since my sophomore year. So I don't think location will be a big deal for me ‘cause I am (already) far away from home, Illinois."
Wilton Speight Connection
On National Signing Day 2013, Michigan landed the commitment of Richmond (Va.) Collegiate quarterback Wilton Speight, who was the second U-M commit to their 2014 class, and who happens to train in Los Angeles, Calif. once a month at the ‘DreamMaker Foundation' with famed quarterback guru Steve Clarkson. With this California connection, the future Wolverine signal caller is putting his recruiting pitch on Jackson.
"The contact has been just staying in touch, basically," Jackson said. "We just want to get a good friendship, just in case we do see each other in person we can hangout. We have been talking about Michigan a lot. So it's more of a friendship, and we're talking about recruiting process and see how we're going to do."
Due to conflicting schedules, Speight and Jackson have yet to meet up, but that could change in the near future.
"He was out here but I was at the UCLA junior day, so I didn't get a chance to see him," Jackson said. "He was working out. Probably, mainly in the future we are going to try to get with each other and chat it up and stuff like that."
Jackson plans on taking on all of his five official visits and some unofficial visits during the course of the next year. He said he would like to take an unofficial visit to Ann Arbor this summer.
"I am going to keep everything together, because I just want to enjoy this process. So I am just going to wait until signing day," he said.