Notre Dame knew Demetrius Jackson was good when they offered him following his sophomore season. That is when Jackson began to breakout while playing on the AAU circuit with MBA Select. However the Irish probably didn't know he was this good.
After a monster junior season for Mishawaka (Ind.) Marian and an even better summer with MBA Select, Jackson made himself into one of the best point guards in the entire country and boosted his stock up to five-star status.
Initially it looked as though Notre Dame would have to fight off Michigan State for his commitment, but then schools such as Louisville, Kansas, and Illinois all made him a priority and the recruiting battle turned hot.
Still for a kid from a suburb of South Bend, Notre Dame knew they felt good and also knew he was possibly the piece missing to their recruiting puzzle.
After wrestling with the decision, Jackson picked Notre Dame, and now the hometown kid has a chance to be one who leads the Irish back to places they haven't been in a long time. The last time the Irish made the Sweet 16 was 2003, but now all the pieces are in place.
Jackson, a five-star recruit, will team with Eric Atkins who averaged 12.1 points and 4.1 assists per game, to form an impressive duo of point guards. They are joined in the backcourt by second leading scorer and leading assist man during the 2011-12 season, Jerian Grant to form one of the better backcourts in the country, and then four-star recruits Cameron Biedscheid, V.J. Beachem, Pat Connaughton, and Steve Vasturia give the Irish size, athleticism, and shot making ability at the wing spot.
With so much talent in the backcourt and on the wing, bruising center Jack Cooley and super talented freshman Zach Auguste will have a lot of pressure to produce along with Michigan State transfer Garrick Sherman.
Overall Notre Dame should be loaded in 2013, and now they have a local star, a kid with enough confidence, and someone who could be a McDonald's All-American on the roster. The Irish haven't had a playmaker from the point guard position like Jackson in quite some time.
Now as a freshman or later in his career can Jackson lead the Irish to heights they haven't seen in a decade, there is no way to know right now, but with him on the roster Notre Dame is in a better place talent wise then they have been in a long time.
With Jackson Notre Dame has someone who is well spoken, talented, intelligent, and local, that is someone who can be the face of their program. Also they now have a potential NBA player at point guard, and whenever you have that, there is the chance to go very deep in the month of March.