"I had planned to go down to Illinois and I had planned to go to Tennessee and I was setting it up," Jackson said. However, a recent stint in Athens sealed the deal for him.
"[Georgia] just felt like home. I went down there and it was a great atmosphere with the coach and everything. I always said that when I go somewhere and if it feels like the place I would commit and it felt like the place. I did my homework and I like the people they were bringing in."
Checking in at No. 98 in the Scout.com Top 100, people are still learning about this giant who averaged 17 points, 11 rebounds and 8 blocks as a junior. One team, Michigan State, was going to watch him one last time before making a pitch after he played with the Mid-State Ballerz this weekend in Fayetteville.
"The hardest one to turn down was Michigan State because I love Coach Izzo and I just love what they do," Jackson said. "It was real hard. He wanted to watch me play one more time and he asked me to wait until Monday but I couldn't wait. I love Georgia just as much as I like them and Georgia showed a little more interest. I'm very satisfied with what I chose."
Jackson normally runs with the Eddie Ford Kentucky Hoop Stars, but is playing this weekend with the Ballerz. Nationally, he's just cultivating his name, but the folks in Athens can expect a whole lot of defense when he arrives in the fall of 2006.
"I'll be playing the four and the five," Jackson said. "I know I can help because I have the ability and athleticism. I pride myself on defense and I think I can help them. Right now just about any high school big man in the country, I think I can hold them down to just under what they can do. I'll bring a presence and a shot blocking ability because they really don't athleticism in the post position."
Sounds like they do now.