Jackson talks recent visits, offers

Four-star Jaren Jackson has had a busy month of June and it has resulted in numerous offers.

Four-star class of 2017 power forward Jaren Jackson has become a very popular target this summer. Jackson has made numerous unofficial visits, and has picked up several offers along the way.

For the 6-foot-9 Jackson it is all about potential. He has showed off that significant potential both during the spring with Indiana Elite and again this summer with his high school team attending team camps.

“I think the spring went really well,” said Jackson of his spring. “I have really improved as a leader, and I think I am being more aggressive.”

The most recent trip for Jackson was to Purdue for their team camp. Though he didn’t participate due to injury, Jackson had good things to say about the school.

“I think Purdue is a really unique campus,” said Jackson. “I know I really do like Coach (Matt) Painter. He is a really good guy who supports you, and they have been recruiting me from the beginning. I definitely appreciate the work they have done.”

Before visiting Purdue, Jackson made a visit to Michigan State to participate in their team camp, and his performance earned him an offer from the Spartans.

“I wasn’t expecting it the offer because I hadn’t had as much contact with them as some other schools, but I definitely went up there and played my hardest,” noted Jackson. “I think I played really well, Coach (Tom) Izzo watched and all the coaches and they offered so that was good.”

Another big offer to come Jackson’s way was from Georgetown. Both of Jackson’s parents attended Georgetown, and he liked what he saw on the campus.

“I really like Coach (John) Thompson,” explained Jackson. “He is a straight forward coach who doesn’t beat around the bush. He has told me what he likes about my game and what I need to work on. It is kind of special when it is your parents’ school that offers, so that was good.”

Also Jackson made an unofficial visit to Illinois, and liked what he saw from John Groce and his staff.

“It was really fun,” said Jackson of the Illinois visit. “They showed me the new arena that they are going to open up for the Notre Dame game. Also the coaching staff was great. I got to talk to a lot of people, and the overall visit really did a good job of showing me both sides of the school, basketball and academics.”

For now Jackson is keeping things all in perspective and says he doesn’t expect to make a quick decision on his future.

“I am still planning on taking my time,” said Jackson. “I don’t have a public list, but in the next year after I make more visits and learn about all the schools I will have a set public list.”

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