GIDEL: Albert Jackson is Listening

Madisonville (Ky.) native Albert Jackson expected Kentucky to get involved after he committed to Georgia 2 months ago.

What he didn't expect was how heavy the Wildcats and coach Smith would move on him.

"Nothing's really changed," Jackson said. "Tubby called, but it's just the same old stuff. I haven't really heard from Tubby since then, to be honest."

Jackson re-told the story of how Kentucky had gotten involved.

"(Tubby Smith) came to my school a while back, it was after I committed to Georgia," Jackson said. "He basically said he messed up on me and apologized for not recruiting me harder. He said if I want to come to Kentucky, there is a scholarship there for me, if I want it."

The Wildcat head coach asked for forgiveness and another chance at the gifted, 6-foot-10, 250 pound native of Earlington (Ky.)

"He basically told me that they like my game and they think I'm a good fit to be at UK," Jackson confirmed.

So will Jackson allow Kentucky to open his recruitment.

"No, I'm still committed to going to Georgia right now," Jackson said. "I've told people I'm going to take a visit to Kentucky, since they are the hometown school and all, and I will probably see about doing that sometime. I'm still unsure about high school and where I'm gonna play next year. I like Oak Hill and I think they can take me places in basketball, but I'm comfortable here, too."

While his high school future is still up in the air, his college recruitment is down to three: Illinois, UK, and Georgia.

"I'm gonna listen to Kentucky," Jackson said.

Jackson is an extremely gifted power forward, who has all the tools to be a successful player at the next level. He averaged 17 points and 11 rebounds his junior year at Hopkins Co. Central High School. He recently broke the state record, by averaging 8 blocks per game.

"I'll be playing the four and the five," Jackson said after his commitment to Georgia. "I know I can help because I have the ability and athleticism. I pride myself on defense and I think I can help them. Right now just about any high school big man in the country, I think I can hold them down to just under what they can do. I'll bring a presence and a shot blocking ability because they really don't have as much athleticism in the post position."

Note: This article is a collaboration of interviews done recently

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