Jackson Taking Recruiting Slow

2016 forward Willie Jackson is letting his AAU season and recruitment play out before narrowing down his options.

Since the conclusion of his junior season, interest in Garfield Heights (Ohio) wing Willie Jackson has surged as he moves through AAU and prepares for his senior season in the Buckeye State.

Jackson, a 6-foot-4 prospect out of Ohio, was already garnering interest from a number of Power 5 schools during the season, but April sparked his recruitment and his offers now include the likes of Iowa State, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Penn State and SMU among others.

“I think it’s going to be good for him,” his coach Sonny Johnson said. “I think after he visits, that’s going to be the important thing with him [is] visiting the campuses.”

Jackson will continue with his AAU season before he makes visits this summer. That is also when he may consider narrowing his list of schools.

“I think there’s quite a bit of time,” Johnson said. “He has to finish up the AAU season and then we’ll sit and talk about that for sure.”

Iowa State’s offer came in April. Jackson’s primary recruiter has been Cornell Mann, although coach Fred Hoiberg has also been involved, Johnson said. The Cyclones have been intrigued by how Jackson could fit into their fast-paced system.

“I just think they like his versatility,” Johnson said. “He can go against 6-foot-5 athletes and can do some remarkable things and that’s what fits into what he does very well. He can do remarkable things.”

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