It may seem strange for Darreon Jackson to call somewhere he's only visited once home. But for the Derby (Kansas) High School star, that's the way it was always meant to be.
Having lived in Texas and Kansas, it surprised a number of people that Jackson, a 6-foot-1.5, 185-pound safety chose Boise State over a school he was once committed to in Texas Tech, as well as local options in Kansas State and Kansas.
In the end, Jackson's heart won out over familiarity.
"I took a trip to Kansas State. I went there and I didn't feel like I belonged," he said. "I talked to the KU coaches and I had already visited their facilities. But it's not a stable program and it would have been difficult to win championships there.
"Boise State felt right. Everything was real. It felt like home."
Jackson committed to the Broncos two weeks before National Signing Day, but chose to keep it quiet until his Letter of Intent was signed, sealed and faxed. He did this not because of the desire of BSU's coaches, as some may have suggested, but rather as a way to let his decision marinate and ripen.
"I was one of the silent commits," said Jackson, a three-star prospect. "It was my decision to be quiet about it. It don't like people trying to influence my decision. It's my decision and Boise is where I want to be."
The Broncos signed nine defensive backs in the 2015 recruiting class, and were still able to reel in some top prospects. Jackson is in a position to play as a true freshman, something that has him excited.
"Coach (Julius) Brown told me I am most likely going to get playing time as a freshman," Jackson said. "He wants me to come to camp ready and show what I can do. He said if I don't start then I will likely redshirt so I can start four years."
After a long and sometimes confusing recruitment, Jackson is looking forward to finally coming home.