2014 LB Jackson Likes the Sunshine State

The recruiting process is becoming a never-ending cycle. These days, coaches focus their recruiting efforts on high school players of all ages. One player who has received a lot of interest despite only being an upcoming junior is Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit linebacker Vincent Jackson.

"Recruiting kind of slowed down a little bit, I mean, I haven't really been talking to anyone because I've been busy and stuff but I've already got offers and that's really the best thing anyone can ask for," Vincent Jackson said.

At this point, the young linebacker boasts offers from Cincinnati, Duke, Miami, Missouri State, Notre Dame, Purdue, Rutgers, South Florida, Central Florida, and Wisconsin.

"I really like Florida. I like USF, too. I always hear from them. I always see [USF head coach Skip Holtz] around so we always talk. LSU talks to me a lot. I talk to Michigan State sometimes and Rutgers talks to me a lot," he said.

As the process continues, Jackson plans on evaluating all of the schools that he is interested in before ruling out any of his options.

"I'm interested in most of the schools that have offered me. I don't have any set list. It's more like I'm looking at a school and seeing what they are all about. Right now, Florida and Miami are high on my list. Notre Dame is also on my list. I'd like to look at all of the schools and see what they are about though," he said.

Although he is relatively open, some of the in-state schools are catching his eye.

"Right now, Florida is still at the top of my list, but they haven't offered me yet so Miami is also up there and they have actually offered me. I'm liking Miami and Florida a lot. Notre Dame is really nice, too. I'd like to take a visit up there sometime," he said.

When it comes to Miami, Jackson's familiarity with the area may have an impact on his decision.

"I really like the city of Miami, I have a whole bunch of friends that go there," he admitted.

Based on his conversations with Florida's coaches, Jackson thinks that an offer from Florida is on the way.

"Me and [Florida tight end coach Derek Lewis] talk all of the time. He was like don't worry about the offer you know we like you. He said that an offer will come in time. He told me he will be coming to our spring practices. He is going to come look at me and, I guess, [my teammate 2013 wide receiver Travis Johnson]. So, they might make a decision about the offer by then, but I'm not sure," Jackson said.

So far, the 6-foot-2, 220-pound prospect has already gotten a chance to take a few visits.

"I've been to Florida, USF, and UCF. I liked all of them. They were pretty similar because they are three of the big colleges in Florida. They all have new facilities and all of the high tech stuff and some of the top facilities in the country and the schools are huge too," Jackson said.

"I was trying to make it to Florida's spring game, but I couldn't make it," he added.

In regards to making a decision, Jackson is not sure which factors will influence him the most, but it appears that location may have an effect.

"Right now, I'm liking the thought of staying in the state of Florida, but I really haven't heard from out of state schools as much as the instate schools," he said.

Despite the early attention, Jackson does not think will be ready to make his choice in the near future.

"I won't make a decision until around my senior year," he said.


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