Tallahassee, Fla.--One of the top cornerback prospects in Florida for the 2017 class, Rickards High standout Tavyn Jackson announced a top list of schools on Monday and also his plans to speed up the recruiting process with an early enrollment coming in January. With Auburn, Florida State, Indiana, Memphis, Mississippi State, Oregon State, UCF and South Carolina all in the hunt, Jackson said his goal is to be on campus in January getting a head start on his college career.
“I have kind of always been ahead of the game,” Jackson said of his academics. “I have taken online classes in the summer and got extra credit. I sat down with my guidance counselor and the only things I needed were an english credit and a math credit.
“I thought I might as well knock it out,” he added. “I’m going to do online classes with TCC (Tallahassee Community College) during the summer so I can do dual-enrollment. I want to get a head start with all of the freshmen so I can be one step ahead of everybody who’s not there.”
Still looking to break down his list even more in the coming weeks with visits scheduled to several of his top schools, Jackson said he hopes to be in Auburn in two weekends to take part in Big Cat Weekend. Already familiar with the campus following an early spring visit, Jackson said plenty stands out about the Auburn Tigers at the moment.
“Auburn is one of the top SEC schools and one of the top schools in any conference,” Jackson said. “It’s shows they look for the athlete. They don’t just go four-star or five-star, they pick and choose what they look for. It shows me that it’s more than just politics.”
Spending a lot of time getting to know Auburn assistant and defensive backs Coach Wesley McGriff, Jackson said “Coach Crimedog” is someone he has enjoyed talking with and he likes his vision for the Auburn program.
“I talk to Coach McGriff all the time,” Jackson said. “I just like his mentality. He’s focused on what you get and he’s going to get you there. You can’t run from the fact that he’s committed to what he’s saying.”
With no school in the lead as Jackson prepares for a busy summer, he said it’s going to be tough to narrow things down because all of the schools on his list have shown him that he’s a priority recruit.
“They have all be consistent with me,” Jackson said. “There have been some other schools that I have talked to, but I haven’t heard if they’ve offered me a scholarship. With them, they’ve been consistent in texting and coaches calling me. They’ve been showing me why they are recruiting me.”