These quotes gathered during an in-person interview conducted by Scout’s Chad Simmons
Riverdale High School’s had a revolving door of coaches coming to see Donte Jackson. Georgia’s Jeremy Pruitt was there Tuesday, and LSU is expected to stop by Wednesday.
“It’s been real crazy, but it’s been fun,” Jackson said. “I’ve gotten to talk to a lot of coaches that I haven’t seen in a long time.”
Georgia and LSU have been the two schools Jackson mentions atop his leaderboard. USC joined the mix after a successful official visit last month. His relationship with Coach Pruitt has the Bulldogs heavy on his mind, but Jackson is trying to keep an open mind to all schools.
“I don’t even think about leaders anymore,” Jackson said. “I just think about all the schools up there. None of the schools climb over each other. I can only go one place, so I just let it play out on its own. I treat every school the same way.”
Jackson is one of the state’s top uncommitted prospects, and he’s also one of LSU’s biggest priorities in this class. Jackson stopped by campus on Saturday for an unofficial visit with close friends Tyron Johnson and Xavier Lewis.
Jackson has visited LSU more than five times since the fall, and he definitely has comfort around the Tigers’ facility.
“I like all the coaches,” he said. “Every coach is cool. Every coach acts as if they’re my lead recruiter every time I go up there. Every coach is real genuine. Even the offensive line coach knows the stress and need of playmakers, so they don’t shy away from getting me in their office.”
Even though LSU has the home-state appeal, Jackson’s trying to treat the Tigers objectively when evaluating them as a possible choice.
“For me being an in-state guy, I have a lot of pressure to go there,” Jackson said. “Everybody is picking me to go there, but it’s still an open race. I’m not committed anywhere, so it’s going to be fun to see how it plays out.”
Though Jackson once mentioned the possibility of announcing his commitment at the Army All-American Game next month, he plans to wait until later in the cycle. He’ll take official visits to both LSU and Georgia next month then start taking a more serious look at his decision.
“I’m not sure yet [when I’ll decide],” Jackson said. “Late January could be an option or Signing Day could be an option. It depends on how I’m feeling after the officials.”
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