Bellflower (Calif.) St. John Bosco junior forward Vance Jackson has been a highly touted recruit for sometime now.
The 6-foot-8, 215-pound four-star forward holds offers from a host of schools, but at the moment he is focused on improving his game.
“Vance is just working on becoming a tougher, more physical player,” his father, Vance Jackson, Sr. said. “He’s on weight training programs and it’s allowing him to become stronger at the rim.”
Jackson has been hearing from a few more schools, but the core of his recruitment remains the same.
“Recently, UCLA offered and coaches from Kansas have been in contact,” Jackson Sr. said. "He is also hearing from Cal, UConn, Arizona, UCLA and USC.
“The recruitment with Arizona has always been good. We stay in constant contact, but they know we’re taking our time and everything with them is great.”
As of now, Vance plans to make it out to Arizona and really see what they have to offer.
“Arizona is probably going to be one of our top choices, so I’m pretty sure we’ll make it out there," Jackson Sr. said. "One of the official will most likely be Arizona.
“Coach Miller runs the wing position very well. They’re free to get rebounds and go with it and I know Vance has said he likes that style. Also, they put wings in the NBA, so that wouldn’t be a bad spot for him at all.”
One of the main objectives of Jackson’s recruitment is finding a program where he can step on the floor as a freshman and contribute.
“A chance to be on the court and play as a freshman really matters to us,” Jackson Sr. said. “I’m looking for schools with great education as well, but all the programs interested in Vance offer that.
“We talked about it as a family and we decided that maybe before his next high school season starts would be a good time to come up with a solid decision, but if we’re not there yet then we’ll take our time with it.”