Profile - Dean Jackson
Pace Academy, GA junior Deon Jackson could play on either side of the ball at the next level. The 6’-205 recruit plays both running back and safety. The interest in Jackson has just begun to build.
The interest in Jackson started slowly but now that he has sent out his junior film it has begun to pick up steam. “I feel by the time my spring practice starts, in May, it will be going full steam. I am excited about it to be honest."
One of the schools showing interest in Deon is Georgia Tech. Deon recently attended their first Junior Day. Deon has previously visited Tech four or five times. “I was impressed as was my mom and dad.” His parents took notes and were impressed with the academic presentation. They were also impressed with how genuine and straight forward the coaches were.
Deon spent time with Coach Paul Johnson and Coach Mike Sewak. They let Deon know that they were impressed with his playoff film. “Coach Sewak caught me off guard when he said his job was not to make me like him but to make him a better person and player. I love that he has that type of outlook for me.”
The offensive and defensive coaches at Tech all want him on their side of the ball. “Coach Sewak and Coach (Lamar) Owens like my versatility as a running back and slot receiver.” Deon camped at Tech as a safety and Coach Ted Roof likes him there. “It’s nice to know that the coaches like me on either side of the ball.”
Look for Deon to continue to visit Tech. He may return for spring practices and he knows he’ll be attending the spring game. Deon plans to also take Junior Day visits to South Carolina and Georgia Southern. Vanderbilt, Northwestern, and North Carolina are also showing interest in Deon.
Mercer, Presbyterian, and Troy have already offered Jackson. “Just by the way the Tech coaches are talking to me, I feel they are close to offering.” Deon has sent them his transcripts and he recently took the ACT. Jackson has made all A’s since transferring to Pace.
Jackson knows that the percentage of college players that make it to the NFL is very small so he is looking for a school with strong academics. He will also be looking at the environment at each school, the success of their football program, and the relationship between the coaches and players.
Deon’s parents will be involved in the decisions he makes in choosing a school. Both parents were division one athletes. Deon’s parents both know what to look for in talking to the coaches and will help him with that. "My mom was an Track ALL-American at Miami for the indoor long jump and my dad was a starter for the Utah State basketball team, they have been through the recruiting process and can help me a lot. They know that getting the best education possible is more important than most people realize."
Right now the plan for Deon is to make his decision close to signing day. “I have a plan on how my recruitment will work and I want to follow that plan.”