Houston (Texas) Alief Elsik 4-star linebacker Dontavious Jackson took an official visit to Florida State for the Miami game. It was Jackson's first trip to Tallahassee, and he came away extremely impressed.
"It was a great visit," Jackson said. "I had great talks with the coaching staffs. That environment really impressed me."
With more that 82,000 fans in attendance, Doak Campbell stadium was rocking all night long. Jackson said it was the best environment he's ever seen.
"Right now it’s number one," Jackson said. "I’ve never seen anything like it. The stands were shaking. It was a really great experience."
Jackson enjoyed more than just the atmosphere on Saturday. In fact, there wasn't much he didn't enjoy on the visit.
"I loved everything from the apartment setup, to the campus, to the people around," Jackson said. "I loved the entire visit."
Florida State tight ends coach Tim Brewster has been recruiting Jackson for the Seminoles, and the two have struck up a great bond.
"Coach Brewster is one of the most laid back coaches I’ve met," Jackson said. "He’s also one of the coolest. We’ve built a great bond since he first offered me."
Jackson was also able to talk with Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher, who expressed the Seminoles need for quality linebackers.
"Coach fisher just let me know their situation at linebacker," Jackson said. "What they would want me to come in and do and play. Stuff like that."
Being able to come in and earn playing time immediately is something that stands out to Jackson.
"It definitely does," Jackson said. "At a big time program you don’t usually get that opportunity. It’s really intriguing to me."
Jackson didn't come alone on the visit. He brought his uncle, who has a special tie to Florida State.
"I brought my uncle," Jackson said. "He loved it just as much as I did. Both of his best friends went to Florida State. One died on the field. Devaughn Darling. He took pictures of the tree they planted for Devaughn. It was a special moment for him."
The visit definitely stood out to Jackson, but how much of an impact did it actually make?
"This visit was definitely an 11 for me," Jackson said. "It has to be."
Jackson, the No. 68 overall prospect and No. 3 middle linebacker, has a few more visits he wants to take. He will take officials to Alabama and Michigan, as well as one more official he hasn't decided on yet. He has already visited UCLA officially.