Jackson, who earned all-district, all-metro, and second team all-region honors after running down an impressive 55 tackles, including seven for a loss, thee sacks, and an interception for Varina while splitting time as a line backer and a defensive end for the Blue Devil football program. That kind of versatility is what he's looking for in his career's next stop.
"I like playing both positions. I really like hitting people, and that's why I'd have to say I prefer the linebacker position. I'm mainly being recruited as a player who can play as an outside backer in a 3-4 defense, or as a rushing defensive end."
Aside from the schools previously mentioned, Jackson says he has a wish list of offers that he hopes will come to fruition as the recruiting process continues.
"I'd like to see Virginia Tech, Louisville, and Tennessee offer me. I've been in contact with all those coaching staffs, and I think they are waiting to see some more film from senior year."
Jackson, who measures 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, has been clocked running a 4.6 forty time. In the weight room he's continually working to improve an already solid bench press max of 300 pounds. He's also got a vertical jump of 31 inches.
As far as a time line and list of leaders, Jackson offers the following thoughts.
"I really like the ACC a lot, and I've already got a couple offers from there with BC, State, and Duke. It's the premier conference and that's appealing to me. Right now I am hoping to make a decision around December. I want to take all five official visits and then go from there."
"A top five right now would be Duke, Syracuse, West Virginia, NC State, and Boston College. If one of the other schools offered, they'd probably move into that list as well."
The Blue Devils have been on Jackson for the past few months behind the efforts of offensive coordinator Bill O'Brien.
"I really like Coach O'Brien. He text messages me about once a week. The thing about Duke is that I'd have a chance to come in and play early in my career and be part of the class that helps them get the turn around to show up. As far as academics go, I could go to Duke and get a degree that will set me up for life. That's a big factor."
Still, Jackson says the best thing the Duke program can do to take big steps in his mind has to do with this season's on the field performance.
"I want to go somewhere I can come in and play. I will look at the roster and see if there are a lot of guys at my position. I'm mainly looking for a feel and how I fit in with everyone in the program – both coaches and players. In the end though, I want to go somewhere they play winning football."