Jackson Could Be Close With Cyclones

2015 high school defensive tackle De'Amontae Jackson favors Iowa State ahead of his weekend official visit

De'Amontae Jackson says he has given a verbal pledge to defensive coordinator Wally Burnham, and could make his ultimate decision following his weekend visit.

The 6-foot, 235-pound defensive lineman (he had played linebacker), will be in Ames this weekend for his official visits and wants to learn more about the school. He said he has drawn interest from Miami, South Carolina, Auburn, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma among others.

“I made a verbal commitment, just a verbal commitment,” Jackson told AllCyclones.com. “Sunday will be the day I make my official commitment.”

That, of course, is contingent. Jackson would like to see Iowa State firsthand, and it remains uncertain whether his recruitment would be shut down. The Cyclones, he said, began showing interest about one year ago and have picked up interest beginning with his senior season.

“They started showing interest about a year ago, sending me lots of letters and stuff like that,” Jackson said. “Then I received notifications from my head coach that Coach Wally wanted to recruit me and get me out there on visits. I just went on from there.”

“I’m still talking to them almost every three days. Coach Wally Burnham, I keep updated with him and he keeps me updated. It’s been about how the school is doing, what the school ranks education-wise, playing time and new things.”

Now, he thinks he could be ready for a decision as soon as Sunday. Yet even that seems to be prefaced.

“I’ll know this weekend,” Jackson said. “I’ve pretty much visited a lot of schools so this is one of the ones I’m really looking forward to. If I don’t really like it then I’ll keep my commitment to myself. If I do like it, then I’ll keep them in my top-3.”

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