Dustin Jackson keeping his options open

After making the switch to linebacker before his senior season began, Dustin Jackson is earning college offers. The middle linebacker discusses his recruitment, including the factors that will affect his decision.

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As a member of the nationally hyped Grayson High School (GA) football team, Dustin Jackson found his niche after a transition to middle linebacker.

"It went very well," Jackson said of his senior year switch. "I feel like linebacker is a natural position for me. In the beginning, I had to get used to a new position. As I got more experience toward the middle of the season, I started playing better and better every game.

"By the time we got to the playoffs, I was a contributor on my team," Jackson said. "I became a factor that other teams had to prepare for."

While Jackson admits that the national spotlight can become far too bright, he credits his coach with the team's humility and success.

"It was kind of crazy," Jackson said of a season of headlines, including the recruitment of his top-ranked teammate Robert Nkemdiche. "But Coach Conn keeps us focused. A lot of times, he'll tell us that we may be the top school in the country, but we could do better.

"He always kept us focused; that's how we did so well and won so many games."

Grayson's winning ways had its effect on Jackson's recruitment, as he's secured six collegiate offers thus far.

"I have six offers, mostly in division two and three," Jackson explained. "But because I just did better on my SAT's, a lot more division one programs are interested in me now."

Notable programs that have offered Jackson include Miles College, Mars Hill College and Georgetown.

"The University of North Colorado and Georgia State have recently shown interest," Jackson continued, "along with UAB."

Jackson will make his official visit to Miles College in Birmingham on Saturday.

"I'll be looking at the academics," Jackson said of his decision-making factors. "I want to see the atmosphere and environment. I don't want to be at a college that isn't the right fit for me.

"Academics are first, then whether or not I'm comfortable with the environment," he continued. "Finally, I'll base my decision on whether or not I have a connection with the coaching staff and the football team."

Jackson has also scheduled official visits to Ave Maria on January 18th and Mars Hill College on January 25th.

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