Immokalee High School has as much talent as any team in the country. Three members are already verbally committed to D-1 schools, and there are at least four others who will be heavily recruited. Despite the plethora of talent in the 2013 class, it was a 2014 prospect that made news Saturday.
"I committed to Florida State", said J.C. Jackson.
Jackson visited FSU on Saturday with teammates Deadrin Senat, Mackensie Alexander and Jacky Marcellus. After taking in a spring practice, Jackson was able to spend some time with receivers coach Lawrence Dawsey, linebackers coach Greg Hudson and head coach Jimbo Fisher.
"I had a long meeting with Coach Dawsey about everything FSU," Jackson said. "He really got me fired up about FSU. The academics. The way the players treat each other. The family atmosphere and how he see's me excelling at the next level. We talked about ways to get better, too."
After meeting with Dawsey, Jackson was in for a surprise.
"After that, I went into a meeting with Coach Fisher, and we talked for awhile and he offered me," said Jackson. "He said, 'You have a full scholarship offer from FSU. Do you want to be a Seminole?' My answer was yes. It is my dream school, and I do not want to go anywhere else. It really is the perfect situation for me. The receivers are all juniors, and there is going to be a lot of opportunity. I have the chance to camp for two years with Coach Dawsey, and I feel I am going to get a lot better."
Jackson is known for his speed, but he has an NFL body and frame as well as a knack for making plays in the clutch.
"We have been playing together for years, and I just want to be able to help my team and friends win games," he said. "The goal at Immokalee is to win a state title. We were close last year, and I think it was a great experience for the whole team. We will be better prepared this year."
Jackson is the second player to commit to FSU from Immokalee, along with Senat.
"It would be great to play with Deadrin at the next level," Jackson said. "We both like to work. But Deadrin needs to make his own decision and I need to make my own. They just happen to be the same, and that is great."
There is another connection to FSU for Jackson
"My sister attends FSU, and I know how much she enjoys it," he said. "I went up to Tallahassee for the Miami game last year and left feeling like FSU might be the place for me."
Moving forward, Jackson has plans for the summer.
"I will camp at FSU in June," he said. "I think it provides a great opportunity to spend time at FSU and learn from Coach Dawsey. That is the only camp that I have planned."