Jake describes, in detail, the events of the Friday visit with his parents.
"We got here and met all of the offensive coaches, got a chance to talk with all of them," said Jackson. "They gave us a tour of the campus. We met with a professor from the Business school and talked about how their Business program is run and what they offer – since that's what I plan on majoring in. They showed us the dorms, the facilities, the weight room, the locker room, the training room – all of that. They took us over to where the Olympics were held here – the Olympic diving pools and all that. Just went around campus. We went and watched a little film with Coach D (OL Coach Joe D'Alessandris) and talked some more with the coaches."
Previously Jake has stated that he had narrowed his favorites list to three schools: Baylor, Louisville and Georgia Tech. He had already taken visits to the first two and GT was the last planned visit to any campus before Jake would think over the pros and cons of his top three.
Jake compared the three visits. "I liked all three of the schools a lot," said Jackson. "They're very similar in a lot of ways. The coaching staffs are all great coaching staffs. All the campuses are in great areas – all three of them. And the academics are strong in all of them."
How exactly will he narrow that list to just one? "I don't know," said Jackson. "It will take me a little bit to think about it and just go with my gut."
Both of Jake's parent attended Baylor and his father played on the basketball team there. Jake was asked what they think about him making his selection. "They're happy with whichever I choose," said Jackson. "At this point they feel that I've got three great schools to choose from and they'd be happy with whichever school I choose."
In a previous interview from a few weeks ago, Jake had indicated that Baylor may be tough to beat with the family connections he has to there – including an older brother who is current a student there. How does he view the situation now?
"That's still a really strong pull for me," said Jackson. "Just my family history there – I've grown up knowing Baylor football and knowing the Baylor Bears. But the other two schools, they're great schools too. In my mind I don't think I have to follow in my family's footsteps and go to Baylor, but if I choose to go there, I know I'll be happy. Whichever school I choose, I'll be happy. They're all great schools."
A decision for Jake could be right around the corner. By this time next month – if not sooner – he will make his pledge to one of the three schools.
"I'm going to get it out of the way no later than the first two weeks of August," said Jackson. "That's my absolute dead point. I might make a decision a little bit earlier but I'm definitely going to make it before two-a-days start."
As for his performance in the camp on Saturday, Jake had some learning to do first. The Tech OL coach was showing his group some techniques not used by Jackson on his high school team, especially in regard to the three-point stance versus the two-point stance he's used to. "I had a good time," said Jackson. "I learned a lot from Coach D. So, I thought by the end of the camp I did fairly well at it."