Fort Valley, Ga.--One of the top wide receivers in the Southeast came away impressed with Big Cat Weekend, saying his visit “boosted” Auburn up his list of potential schools.
“They were already high on my list, but they just went up a little more,” said four-star wide receiver Kearis Jackson, a Scout 300 player and the No. 15-ranked receiver in the Southeast.
The Peach County High standout mentioned the Tigers, Georgia and Ohio State as his top schools, and that a decision could come before or during his senior season.
“After I take all my visits this summer. I’ll be ready,” he said.
Jackson, who plans to graduate early and enroll at his school of choice in January, is close to four-star offensive lineman Trey Hill, who plays for Houston County High in Georgia.
Jackson said the two of them plan on attending the same school, and announcing their decision together.
“Just a few minutes ago, (we were) just talking about how we enjoyed the visit,” he said. “We can’t wait to decide which school we’re going to.”
At 6-feet, 191 pounds, Jackson admits he’s not your prototypical, tall receiver, and that being a shorter wideout gives him a chip on his shoulder.
“I mean the tall guys they’re all tall and skinny, but I’m big,” he said. “I already take on anything; I’m not scared of contact. I’m just ready to play football and get dirty with it.
“It’s just the fact that I’m different than other receivers, as the coaches say,” he added. “I’m not tall like all the others, but I’m tough, I’m strong and I’m fast, so they can use me as a slot receiver, and I can move and get in different places.”
Jackson said he has developed a good relationship with receivers coach Kodi Burns, and that the two have a “big brother, little brother-type” bond.
“I talk to him about every day,” he said. “It’s just fun talking to him. He’s a young guy, he’s motivated, he’s passionate about his job and ready to coach his receivers right.”
Jackson also got a chance to talk to quarterback Jarrett Stidham on his visit, adding that he’s heard the Baylor transfer is a great quarterback and supposed to be the real deal.
“(Stidham) said he heard a lot about me and he can’t wait to try and throw me a ball,” he added.
Jackson said he plans on vising Ohio State in July and a return trip to Auburn before the end of the summer could be in the works.
“I may be coming back one time during the summer,” he said.