Following the tour and then the initial introductions, Jackson and a chance to sit in on a meeting that turned out to be the purpose of the visit.
“Coach Cut offered me when we met with him in his office and had a talk about things. He told me that he liked how I played and that I reminded him of DeVon Edwards, and I would have a good opportunity to play at Duke.”
Much like Edwards, there’s a plan for Jackson in Durham should he ultimately decide to go with Duke.
“They see me as a safety and they believe I have the ability to play all three safety positions they have. And I could also be used in the return game.”
So why does the coaching staff harbor those opinions of Jackson? We asked for a self-scouting report.
“I think my strengths are being a good tackler who is willing to hit anything. I’ve also got good ball skills. Coach G pointed out that he liked how I run the alley and hit people…that’s what he liked the most about me.”
In addition to Cutcliffe and Guerrieri, Jackson got a chance to sit down with his area coach, Derek Jones.
“He is very direct. He said if they didn't take another defensive back he'd be satisfied, but he like me a lot and thinks I could be used a good bit in their defense. He also said Duke is a place where the football is good and you get a great education.”
Currently Jackson has offers from Cincinnati, East Carolina, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisville, Missouri, North Carolina, South Carolina, Syracuse, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. Despite having so many offers and having not yet taken an official, Jackson is targeting an early decision.
“I want to [make a decision] before my first game on August 21st, but I can’t make any promises.”