Jackson: Pruitt is My Guy

JEFFERSON, La. - Donte Jackson may need someone’s notes for the next few months of class.

While the four-star cornerback prospect out of Jefferson, La. is preparing himself for an onslaught of phone calls and visits from coaches, it may be the Riverdale High teachers who are in for a ride. 

“It’s been real crazy,” Jackson said. “It’s been a lot of missed class, but my teachers know how it’s going to be leading up to time where guys start making decisions and coaches start in-home visiting so everybody has my work ready for me and stuff like that.”

Georgia defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt is fresh off his first regular season in Athens and he’s not wasting any time in visiting Jackson. Pruitt made the trip to Jefferson on Monday, but he won’t be the last coach to do so. 

“Pruitt is very important. Pruitt’s my guy,” Jackson said. “He’s a guy I look up to. He’s a real tough coach. I like the scheme he runs. Everything fits me right. He always stresses to me a lot that I can be a day-one guy; a guy that comes in there and starts four years and a guy he doesn’t even think he’ll be able to coach for four years. He always stresses how much he needs me.”

The 5-foot-11, 175-pound cornerback has two official visits scheduled before he comes to a decision: Georgia and LSU. Jackson says he looks forward to getting up to Athens to reconnect with Mark Richt and company. 

“This staff is great,” Jackson said. “Coach Richt is great. He’s always been a player’s coach. He’s always been a guy that everybody really loves. I love him and everybody up there loves him.”

In terms of a decision, Jackson’s preferred date is still up in the air. The four-star prospect could come to a decision by late-January or he may hold off until National Signing Day. Jackson says that decision will depend on how he’s feeling right after his official visits. 

With two visits to go Jackson says he still doesn’t have a leader. This could only mean more absences for the senior.  

“I don’t really even think about leaders anymore,” Jackson said. “I just think about what school is up there. These schools never really outlast each other or climb over each other. I really don’t think about leaders because I can only go one place… I’ll just let it play out on its own.” 

Chad Simmons contributed to this report.

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