Georgia Military College in Milledgeville has established itself as one of the premier JuCo football programs in the nation with a 2001 NJCAA championship to show for it . In the last recruiting cycle, a dozen GMC Bulldogs signed with D-1 colleges to play football. This year should produce just as many. JaKevin Jackson is a rising sophomore who emerged as one of the team's top defensive players in 2012. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound linebacker has four offers, including Kansas State, and spoke with KStateFans.com about his interest in the Wildcats.
"Coach Coleman called and said that he liked my film and that he showed it to the linebackers coach," said Jackson. "He said they both really liked how I moved sideline-to-sideline and how I fly to the ball. He said they'd like to me play inside linebacker, the same position Arthur Brown played for them, and that I had an offer. Later, Coach Coleman came down to Georgia to watch my spring practice.
"When Kansas State offered me, I was very excited. It's one of the top programs in the country. I'd rather play outside linebacker than middle because that's where I've been playing, but if Kansas State is where I want to go, that's where I'll go. It isn't an issue."
"In first season [at GMC], I received a lot of playing time and started the last two games," he said. "I had 27 tackles, one forced fumble, one interception, and one fumble recovery.
"Spring ball was pretty good. I had several schools looking at me that haven't pulled the trigger yet. I think I showed a lot of improvement with my ball skills."
Although Jackson says he's waiting to hear back from colleges on offers, there's one school that has his early attention in the recruiting process.
"I'd have to say I'm wide open, but, right now, West Virginia is my number one," Jackson said. "I have a good relationship with Coach Gibson and two GMC players, Mario Alford and Brandon Golson, went there, so I'd know someone who I've played with before.
"With any school I look at the first thing is education. I'm also looking for early playing time. I don't have to start but I'd like to come in and make a big impact on the team."
Jackson and his team will meet Blinn College to open their 2013 season August 24th in Perkinston, Miss.