Five-star forward Jaren Jackson is ready to make his decision. Now playing his senior season at La Lumiere, Jackson has roots both on the East Coast and in Indianapolis. Because of that it is no surprise that Jackson has considered schools from all over the country.
For Jackson, who is the son of two former Georgetown Hoyas athletes, the recruitment started early. Schools such as Xavier, Georgetown, Michigan State, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, and Maryland all really began recruiting Jackson beginning in his freshman year.
Despite only being about 6-foot-6 as a freshman, Jackson showed all the potential in the world. He had long arms, was young for his age, could really shoot the ball, and was a good athlete.
As the years went on, Jackson continued to grow and get more refined as a player. After showing big time potential as a sophomore and really stepping up his game, it was an up and down junior season for Jackson.
By his own admission Jackson didn’t play up to his potential during his junior campaign. That however all changed in April. Playing with Spiece Indy Heat on the AAU circuit, Jackson put it all together.
Now approaching 6-foot-11, Jackson was making shots at a high level, rebounding better than ever, and showing all of the skills that made him a great prospect.
With that improvement on the court, his recruitment got even more crowded.
Early on many figured that Jackson would follow his father, who played for John Thompson and then in the NBA for a long time, and head to Georgetown. Even with that, Jackson always maintained there was no specific tie to him going to Georgetown and he was in it with an open mind.
That proved to be the case at the highest level. Not only did it become clear that Jackson was open to other schools, but he also was heavily interested in the Maryland Terrapins In fact for a time most considered the Terps the leader in this recruitment.
Along with the two D.C. area schools, Indiana, Purdue, Notre Dame, Michigan, and Michigan State all began making Jackson a major priority.
As July came to an end, and Jackson had been elevated to five-star, more and more schools were looking to get involved, but Jackson and his parents didn’t seem in any hurry to make a decision.
Still unofficial visits to Purdue and Michigan State happened, and then he also went to Notre Dame. He finished off his fall unofficial visit tour with trips to Maryland and Georgetown.
With that, Jackson decided he had all the information that he needed, and made the decision to announce on his birthday, September 15.
PREDICTION: While this is a recruitment that has been tough to pin down for a while, and very little concrete information is out there, the best guess right now is the decision comes from Michigan State, Maryland, and Purdue.
All three staffs put in a lot of time and effort, and all have their positives. However at the moment the best information suggests that Jackson will play in the Big Ten and select the Michigan State Spartans.