Lauderdale Lakes (Fla.) Boyd Anderson running back Novric Jackson picked up his first power-five offer on Tuesday from Illinois.
"My coach called me over during practice and showed me a text letting me know that Illinois had dropped an offer," Jackson said. "My reaction was big because I know what I can do, and I also now how great and blessed I am to receive this offer. It's great to know I'll have a chance to feed my family."
Illinois also offered Jackson's teammate, athlete Avery Thornton, this week. Head coach Lovie Smith's staff made a splash in the Sunshine State in the class of 2017 and is hoping Jackson and several other Florida talents hop on in 2018 too.
"I think it's a great school with a bunch of competition with other schools," Jackson said. "I hear that the school is something to see, and it's good looking. So I'll be glad to go on a visit. The coaches told me my game in football is exciting and they want to see more."
Jackson also holds an offer from Memphis. Other power-five programs, including West Virginia and Pittsburgh, also are showing interest.
"I'm looking for a program that could take me where I need to be to become successful, a hard-working team," Jackson said.
While he's earning recruiting interest from the next level, Jackson is focused on taking his game to the next level for his senior season.
"I describe myself as a hard-working, energizing player," Jackson said. "I like to find new and better ways to get better every day. The grind doesn't stop for me. I love it. My junior year went great. I just want to improve everything because I just like too learn new things. It's what' best for me going on to the next level."