Out of those offers, three currently stand out for Jake. "Right now my top three are Louisville, Baylor and Georgia Tech." Those three schools are represented in his past and future campus visitation plans. "I went out to Louisville earlier this summer," said Jackson. "I'm going to Baylor this weekend and I'm going to Georgia Tech this July (Individual Camp on the 7th)."
As you'll see below, Jake is very familiar with the Baylor campus. The GT campus, on the other hand, is one he'll be seeing for the first time. "I haven't been out to it yet to actually be able to get to see it but, from my understanding, it's a very, very good academic school," said Jackson. "It's a top academic school in the nation and year in and year out they're a top 25 team. So, that's very appealing that the athletics and the academics are both so high at that school."
In high school there is little room for guys to play both ways so he's been able to refine his skills at one spot in particular. "I come from a pretty big high school; we very rarely have anybody that goes both ways," said Jackson. "I'm O-line only." It should be noted too that his high school has only been Texas 5-A State Champions 4 of the past 5 years! So, Jake has certainly been around winning football.
As for where colleges are looking at him to play, all project him on the OL, but not all for the same slot. "Louisville is recruiting me as a center and the other two are recruiting me as a guard," said Jackson.
The 6'4", 275-pound lineman will make a college decision before school starts. "I'm going to make a decision probably in the first or second week of August," said Jackson.
Coming from such an accomplished high school football program, what characteristics does Jake look for from his college choice? "In a college program what I'm look for most is somebody that is going to stress my education and stress graduation and also a combination of that with a very, very strong football program that year in and year out they're going to be contending for national titles," said Jackson.
As for the upcoming visit to Baylor, Jake has a familiar connection to the school. "My dad played basketball there and my mom went there," said Jackson.
Does Jackson also play some hoops? "I played basketball up until this year when I stopped just to focus on football," said Jackson. Though his dad was more of a basketball player, he was happy with the decision. "I think he was pretty happy with it because he realized that football is what I love to do."
How big is the pull to go to the same school where his father was an athlete and mom attended too? "My older brother currently attends Baylor right now, so I'd be able to go to college for a couple of years with him," said Jackson. "And the coaches down there – Coach Morris, he's a great guy. The coaches down there are great people. I've been down there plenty of times throughout my childhood and it's just a great atmosphere down there and a very comfortable setting down there."
Jake says the Baylor campus is, "about an hour and 15, an hour and a half depending on traffic," from his home.
Are they going to be pretty tough to beat for his services?
Laughing Jake replied, "Yeah, I think so."
What do the others schools have that can compete with what he already knows about Baylor?
"Right now with Baylor, my entire family has gone there," said Jackson. "With Louisville, that's where my dad was from. He grew up in Louisville and I have a lot of family out there – grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins. That's a strong pull for there too. It's just that I have a lot of family up there and I'd be able to spend a lot more time with them. Georgia Tech, from my understanding, is the best overall academic school out of the three and I'm real big on academics. So, just the education that I'd be able to get… that really attracts me there."
Jake had a short vacation period for this summer and is now just back to work. "I had my two weeks of summer already," said Jackson. "Just half a week off from school and then a week I went on my church mission trip to Louisiana. Besides that it's football workouts here and getting ready for next season."