"It was kind of funny because we were getting ready to eat," Jackson said. "My mom and dad knew I was going to commit. Notre Dame didn't know so they were surprised. My mom cooked a big meal and I stood up and told them. They got up, were extra happy and gave me hugs. It was a good time."
Jackson gained a measure of comfort with Notre Dame – the players and the staff – when he went down for an unofficial visit last weekend. From that point on, he decided there was room in the backcourt for both he and Kyle McAlarney.
"I would never mind (playing with another point)," Jackson said. "It takes the pressure off of me and nobody will know who to play. We'll have two guards that can both handle the ball."
Jackson, who had received heavy recruiting attention at various points from Michigan, Florida, Purdue and Southern Cal, came away impressed with how Brey uses his personnel, especially in the backcourt.
"Coach Brey, he lets his guards play. He gets guards that have a high basketball IQ. That's what really made me make my decision. He's not a robotic coach, he lets you get freedom and they get all the exposure in the world. Plus, they're in the Big East; that's a tough conference."
The Irish add another Top 100 recruit as Jackson checks in at No. 86. Last season at Saginaw (Mich.) Buena Vista, Jackson went for 30 points a game.