Charles Jackson, "I can't wait to visit Illinois."

Charles Jackson has seen his stock rise every week. Once his name made waves with some of the bigger schools they all started to call, but it's a little too late for Charles Jackson. Read here for my interview with this forward from Tri-County, Georgia.

Charles Jackson is listed as a 6-8 forward and knows one thing for sure: he doesn't have to play college football to get his education paid for. Basketball will do that' sorry, Ron Turner. Since Jackson has made it known he will play basketball in college his phone has been ringing off the hook. But it's a little too late said Jackson. "I will pick between Illinois and Penn St. The other schools didn't go after me as hard as Illinois, OSU and Penn St," stated Jackson.

Jackson will visit Penn St. on October 22nd and the following week on the 29th of October he will be in Champaign. "I can't wait to visit Illinois. They are an elite program and I'm honored they offered me a scholarship," said Jackson. "The coaches up there are really nice. I can't wait to meet the players; it's always good to meet the guys you will be playing four years of college ball with, and I've watched them on TV quite a few times."

What some may not know is Jackson's AAU coach Seth Berl is an Illinois Alumni. He said (with a laugh) that Berl never tried to push him into picking a school, but according to Jackson it doesn't hurt.

"When I go to college my number one goal is to get every rebound that comes off the rim," said Jackson. During one AAU game this summer Jackson said he grabbed 24 rebounds and was upset he didn't get more.

School will not be an issue for Jackson. He's already qualified and ready to roll. The list that once had Illinois, OSU, Penn St., Auburn, G. Tech and Miami (FL) has dwindled down to two.

One thing's for sure - he's the true definition of a gentleman. Every question asked was followed up by a "yes, sir" or "no, sir". He thanked me for calling him and said, "I really enjoyed talking to you, Mr. Prince."

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