Jackson Knows he's a Priority

Georgia jumped on Donte Jackson early, so could that pay off? The Dawgs have made him a priority and Jackson knows it...

This time a year ago, nobody was talking about Donte Jackson as one of the best in the country.

Heck, not even one of the best in his own state.

Now, Jackson is a Scout 100 prospect, he has scholarship offers from schools coast to coast, and he has been made a priority by the University of Georgia.

"I feel like a top priority for Georgia," said Jackson. "The fans let me know and Coach [Jeremy] Pruitt (Defensive coordinator) stresses how much he needs a guy like me in the secondary."

UGA offered early, very early in the spring. Weeks, in some cases months before many other top programs. The Dawgs have been on Jackson hard since.

Pruitt was in Louisiana a couple of times in the spring, then he returned to see the 5-foot-11, 171 pound speedster play last Thursday.

Pruitt and Jackson sounds like a law firm and like lawyers that partner up, these two are growing closer by the day.

"Me and Coach Pruitt talk a lot and we have a great relationship. We talk at least once or twice a week -- sometimes it is about football and sometimes it is about family.

"Coach Pruitt and I just click. We both love the game so much and I am his type of defensive back that fits his system."

LSU is definitely Georgia's biggest competitor for Jackson. He was in Baton Rouge, La. last Saturday to see the Tigers knock off the then undefeated Ole Miss Rebels.

Jackson called that visit "crazy" and that is about how you can describe the race between UGA and LSU.

The race is extremely tight.

"It is 50-50 right now between Georgia and LSU at the top," said Jackson. "I will take my official visit to Georgia after the season, but I am trying to get back for the Auburn game (November 15)."

Other than the Dawgs making Jackson a priority, what else could help them land this elite cornerback out of Jefferson (La.) Riverdale?

Playing early could be just that.

"Every time Coach Pruitt and I talk, he talks with me about starting on day one -- that is huge to me. Playing right away means a lot to me, so that is great to hear.

"Georgia has a lot of great players, I like their history, and to feel wanted by a school like Georgia, and a coach like Coach Pruitt, that feels great."

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