Jackson, first off, thank you for sitting down with us. If you could, talk a little about how the Duke offer came to fruition? Has the coaching staff been in contact for a while or was this a quick development?
It began when the coaches saw my film and my grades and they thought I would be a great fit for the Duke football program. I started talking with them this fall and got a preferred walk on around October. I came on a visit to the Virginia Tech game and that was a lot of fun and I was able to sit down with the coaches for over an hour after the game. Since then, we have kept in touch every now and then until I decided Duke was the best place for me as a football player, student and as a person.
Has the coaching staff indicated that immediate playing time is available?
The coaches have just told me to come in ready to compete and that the best players will play.
Jackson, watching your tape it seems as though you have a big leg. Is there a range you feel comfortable at?
Thank you. I am comfortable and confident from about 45-50 and in during games given good conditions.
Shifting gears a bit. What is your favorite memory from high school football? Your personal highlight?
My favorite memory is winning the Texas 5-A division 1 state championship this year. I also enjoyed leading the special teams in tackles last year as I had 10. My favorite field goal was a 36 yarder from the left hash on the opening drive of the state semifinal game to steal momentum back.
Sounds as if you had an illustrious high school career with some big moments. Does freezing the kicker actually work?
Thank you. No it just gives me more time to warm up
In your opinion, who is the best kicker in the NFL?
I would say either Justin Tucker or Dan Bailey.
Most kickers aren't 6'4". Does being taller help in the kicking game?
I feel it is advantageous to be taller in both kicking and punting as you have more leverage.
Has the coaching staff indicated that you'll be punting as well?
The coaches have told me I will have the opportunity to compete in all phases of the kicking game.
Interesting. Well, Jackson I think I speak for all Blue Devil fans when I say welcome aboard. We look forward to seeing you in action next year. Thank you so much for your time.
I'm looking forward to it! Thanks so much!!