The Terps hosted multiple visitors April 16 for the spring game, and one of the more intriguing out-of-state attendees was Pace Academy (Atlanta, Ga.) running back Deon Jackson. The 6-foot, 190-pounder has offers from multiple power-five suitors, but he’s counted UMD as a standout since the staff offered in February.
“The spring game, I liked it. it was real good. I liked the game, how the offense was working, and I liked the school in general,” said Jackson, who holds offers from the likes of UMD, BC, Louisville, Colorado State, Fresno State, Georgia State, Rutgers, Miami of Ohio, WVU, Troy, Wisconsin and more. “I went on a tour, I saw the dorms, watched the interactive tour with the new indoor facility upgrades. It was good, all good.”
Jackson said the highlight of the trip was touring the campus and taking in the school itself. He liked the city feel of the school, as well as how the stadium was centrally located.
“I’d say the dorms were a big highlight for me,” Jackson said. “I never realized how nice it was or could be there. So it was real nice there, and I could see myself living there.”
Naturally, Jackson enjoyed the game as well. He paid attention to the running backs and coach Anthony Tucker.
“Of course the game was great. I noticed some of the good plays they made and the offense in general,” Jackson said. “They weren’t showing anything too much yet, but I could tell it was a great offense. It’s up-tempo and they move the ball. I feel like I can fit in well there.”
After the workout, the Atlanta native said he shook hands with head coach D.J. Durkin. He also spoke to Anthony Tucker, the running backs coach, and his area recruiter, Mike London.
“I briefly shook hands with Coach Durkin and some of the others,” Jackson said. “But I sat down with Coach Tucker and London, and they were great. Coach Tucker walked me around the school and was just very personable. He was great to hang out with. I love Coach Tucker and Coach London and how they are.
“I liked how the campus was so big and how there were so many people. And I liked how at home it was and the family feel. Just walking around and meeting people and see people, I can tell it’s a real family feel there. “
Jackson spoke highly of the $150 million facility upgrades, the renovated locker rooms, the Under Armour connections and the academies as well. He said he’s an honors student, so education is of the utmost importance.
“I love how cool Coach [Mike] London is and how genuine he is and the friends he’s formed,” Jackson said. “ He’s real cool, and I liked how he was genuine and friendly, and cool with my mom and brother. He talks about more then football, he talks about life after footbalI ... I liked him a lot. He’s a pretty good recruiter and easy to like.
“And I liked coach Tucker. He’s been talking with my family and he’s just very friendly. My mom brought up a point about how coaches act on the phone and another way when you meet them. But Tucker, he’s the same way, he’s real cool.”
The Georgian isn’t sure where he’s headed next, nor when he’d like to end his recruitment. He said at this rate it will be before or after his senior season.
So far, he’s been to South Carolina, Gerogia, Tennessee, and others and will trek through more in the summer.
“I have no leader. I want to take as many visits as possible and see what’s up after that," Jackson said. “I want to wait things out.
“I won’t have any clue [of my college destination] until the summer. I just don’t know right now. I want to take as many visits as I can and then just go form there."