Lewis Jackson's stock is rising each week he appears. First it was Iowa that offered him a scholarship; then the flood gates opened because now he has offers from Illinois, Minnesota, Indiana, DePaul and now Georgia Tech. "Georgia Tech is really taking an interest in me. They told me they wanted to come see me play and they want me to come down there for a visit," said Jackson.
During the Thanksgiving holiday Jackson put up an average 12 points, 9 assists, and 5 steals a game. In doing so he made the All-Tournament Team in the Decatur Turkey Classic. "I thought I played pretty good. As a player we always want to get better, but I think I played pretty good. The Illinois coaches called me to congratulate me on my performance."
Jackson will not say who his leader is at this point, but he did tell us what he likes about Illinois. "I really, really like the coaches at Illinois. They are great at teaching the game; they proved that this season again. They have showed people they can win with any kind of talent. With all those players not playing right now, they still haven't lost a game yet," Jackson said.
This past week everyone in the Illini family was completely surprised by the recent verbal of 6-6 high school freshman Jereme Richmond, as was Jackson. He had this to say about Richmond, "I've not seen him play but I hear he's really good. I'm sure I'll get to see him play sometime. I think it's great for the Illinois program."
Jackson is a guard that most coaches at the DI level know can run a team. The more he plays the more exposure he brings to his game. At one point Jackson was ready to commit to a school this signing period, but now has decided to wait because he knows his game is getting better and wants to see the way teams are playing and where he fits best.