Chad Simmons

Scout 300 wide receiver Kearis Jackson enjoys his visit to Florida

Kearis Jackson made the trek down to visit Gainesville, Florida to check out the Gators. The four-star 2018 wide receiver left impressed from UF and he discusses the visit.

Kearis Jackson made the trek to Gainesville, Florida on Wednesday, to check in on Florida. The four-star wide receiver picked up his offer from the Gators last month during a one-day camp. 

"I loved it," said Jackson after his visit. "It was a great visit. I got to sit down and talk to some of the coaches. I got the chance to see the facilities. The facilities are very nice and the facilities on the academic part were nice too- I liked seeing about the tutoring, how my schedule will be set up... It's nice to know that University of Florida created Gatorade, I found that out too. It was a great tour."

Academics is at the forefront of Jackson and his family's mind on every visit. 

"It means a lot for me and my family," he said.  "When my parents send me off to college, they want to make sure I'm safe and I'm getting a good education. They want to make sure everything is going to be okay, and I'm going to be taken care of."

With that in mind, it's no surprise that the tour around the newly renovated Hawkins Center at Farrior Hall was one that left quite an impression.  

"I've never seen a dryer erase board as a desk," said the 2018 prospect from Georgia. "So they are trying to get you in there, try to get you a degree and get you ready for the real world." 

The Scout 300 wide out also had the opportunity to speak to most staff members including his main recruiter, offensive line coach Mike Summers, wide receiver coach, Kerry Dixon, running backs coach Tim Skipper, offensive coordinator  Doug Nussmeier, defensive back coach Torrian Gray and of course UF head coach Jim McElwain

"They really did make me fell welcome," said Jackson. "They are all really excited about me. They said I was an explosive playmaker. They need to have somebody they can build in the style of  Demarcus Robinson. They said they look forward to me playing there. They have high expectations of me."

Jackson also spent some good quality time with Dixon watching film. 

"He said he needs players like me," he added. "He likes to have fun and teach you manhood and life for things after football." 

This interactions with the coaches made the difference. 

"What stood out was they really want me to go there. If I ever were to come and be a Gator, they are going to make me feel like I'm home. They are going to make sure I'm healthy and just make sure I feel right at home."

With plenty of other schools in the picture like, Alabama, Clemson, FSU, Georgia, Miami, Michigan State, Mississippi, and Tennessee, Jackson is in no rush to decide. 

"Just staying humble and don't get too cocky. The more offers I get the harder at work. If I want to compete at the next level, I have to work everyday. It all can easily be taken away." 

With the hope of studying sports medicine or therapy, academics will play a role in his decision, however, there are plenty of factors that will also be involved. 

"The environment, do they have a winning tradition, will I be starting as a freshman, just small things like that. Will I be able to get playing time, will I have to sit out my freshman year," he said.  "And what school has a good quarterback. I want to be able to get the ball." 

For right now Jackson is focused away from recruiting and back on to his Peach County High School team. He hopes to make more visits this fall for games.

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