Chris Jackson was the first player from the 2008 Georgia Tech class to commit to the Yellow Jackets. In fact, he announced his commitment through this site in December of 2006. Tech fans have come to know just about everything there is to know about Chris since then and he has been seen at many practices and just about every home game since he announced he was coming. So, could the most familiar name from this class possibly end up not coming to GT at all?
Last Friday GT hired Navy's Paul Johnson to replace former Head Coach Chan Gailey, who was let go after 6 seasons. When there is a transition like that naturally recruits are going to give pause to consider their original decisions. Tech has lost one recruit so far in the process with highly-touted QB prospect Sean Renfree deciding that Johnson's offensive system doesn't fit his skill sets.
As Tech was naming Johnson as
Head Coach, Chris Jackson was on his way to
Upon his return to
Chris thinks he may have been the
first of the committed players to be visited by the new Head Coach. "They just talked to me about everything,
about how they're going to handle the recruits," said
Chris said the staff envisioned him being able to lineup in a number of different positions on the offense including in the slot and out wide. Coach Johnson explained to him how the offense worked at his last two stops – Navy and Georgia Southern.
As for Chris' impression of Coach Johnson, he said, "I thought he was a good guy, very nice."
As for the coaching change at
Tech, though the entire process took about 10 days, it must have seemed like
forever for people who actually had a stake in the results. "It was pretty slow paced getting a new coach
in and everything but yeah, it's just different," said
Chris, who has typically been one
of the more social guys in the class, hasn't been in touch with all of the
other guys in the class lately. With
many finishing up on high school playoffs in the last few weeks, a lot of the guys
have been pretty busy. He did say though
that he had spoken with a couple of guys since the coaching change at Tech. "I talked to Nick (McRae) and Sean Renfree –
we talked for a long time, but that's about it," said
So with all that's happened in
the past couple weeks, Tech fans have wondered about the answer to the big
question. Is Chris Jackson firm to
Tech? A local newspaper quoted him in
yesterday's addition saying he was 100% but he seemed less sure of that answer
as of last night. "Right now I'm still
committed to Tech so… I don't know what's
going to happen in the next couple of weeks," said
GT will have a good shot at re-firming up the relationship with Chris this weekend though as they have planned his official visit for then. It will be a very important week for Chris and Georgia Tech. Other schools may reportedly try and work out in-home visits with Chris before he takes his weekend visit to Tech. He doesn't know who will be his player host for the visit but said previously running back Jonathan Dwyer had talked to him about possibly being his host.