Brian Jackson Plans His Visit to UCF

Brian Jackson is one of the best defensive backs in the south and UCF is amongst his favorite schools. The Hoover H.S. (Ala.) product will begin taking visits in January and those visits will go a long way in determining where he'll enroll. Find out what Jackson told InsideKnights.com

Brian Jackson's senior season didn't end the way he wanted it to. Jackson and the rest of his teammates at Hoover H.S. fell just short of a miraculous season, falling in the state championship game to Prattville.

"A feel bad about it a little bit, but I can't think too much about the past," Jackson told InsideKnights.com. "I don't regret anything. I played my butt off, we all did, but we just fell short."

Jackson did end his high school playing days on a high note however, as he helped lead the Alabama all-stars to a convincing win over Mississippi in a blowout in the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Game.

"It went good, great actually. The coaches were great and we destroyed them. There was a lot of trash-talk before the game, I think they thought we were overrated but we dominated them 28-3. That's the only game score I've ever remembered. The talked how bad they were going to beat us, so it felt real good to win that game."

The three-star defensive back was a tackling machine this past season and continued that trend during the all-star game, even though he was playing a little out of position.

"They had some different rules so I didn't get to do exactly what I like to. I played at strong safety and I had to cover the number-two receiver the entire game. I usually like to play down like a linebacker but I was stuck covering guys for most of the game, but I still got four or five tackles."

Finishing off his high school career on a high note, Jackson has begun to concentrate on his recruitment. UCF has been amongst his favorites for a while now and UCF's linebacker coach Geoff Collins has been there every step of the way, including last week when he paid Jackson a visit.

"This was his third time visiting and each time he's visited he's stayed for two hours. It was a great visit. Coach Collins has a great personality. We related to each other and had fun talking. Last time he visited my family I was sleepy, we had just gotten back from a trip and my mom had gotten back from work, but this time we were a little more awake."

Collins has made a great impression on Jackson and is actually one of the main reasons why Jackson is considering UCF.

"He has so much charisma; he will make you like him immediately. He actually reminds me of myself, aside from the age difference. We have a great relationship and I don't know if I'd consider UCF if he wasn't there."

Jackson hasn't received the full UCF experience yet but is slated to visit Orlando in January.

"I'll either be down on the 9th or 16th, I'm not sure which one's which though because I'm also going to Oregon. I'm also planning on visiting Tulane and UAB."

During the summer, Jackson expressed that he'd like to play with teammate and fellow defensive back Pat Miller in college. UCF was a favorite of Miller's but UCF stopped recruiting him as heavily because of bad grades. UCF's decision to not go after Miller won't sway Jackson one way or the other though.

"It's not really an issue. Lots of teammates and friends go to college without each other. It's really not that big of a deal."

There has also been some concern that Auburn could make a play for the local star, but Jackson said he'd worry about it when he comes to that road.

"Coach Chizik visited me and Pat the second day he got the job but hasn't contacted us since, so I don't really know how interested Auburn is."

Jackson might also take a trip to Oklahoma St. as the team has been heavily recruiting him for some time. With the entire starting secondary leaving this season, Jackson could make an immediate contribution for the Knights, something that could entice him to head south for school.


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