Canes trying to flip 4-star UF commit

The Hurricanes currently have five defensive back commitments. They are trying to make it six by adding what many feel would be the best player of the entire group.

CB J.C. Jackson: 5-11/185, 4.5/40

2013 stats: Jackson played all over the field for an Immokalee team that made it into the state playoffs. He had 865 yards receiving with 14 touchdowns, 165 yards rushing, and finished with 53 tackles and two interceptions on defense. Jackson also served as the team's primary return specialist.

As a prospect: Jackson did everything for the Indians this season. He has tremendous ball skills on offense, and has a history of making lots of big plays on that side of the football. As good as he's been on offense over the last few years, he's even better on defense. He has enough size, tremendous ball skills, excellent overall athleticism, and the ability to stay in man coverage with just about any opposing wide receiver. Jackson, who has the tools to play right away wherever he goes, could also become a return specialist at the next level.

Recruiting: Jackson made a very early commitment to Florida State when he pledged to the Noles in the spring of his sophomore year. Despite that early commitment, Jackson continued making visits to other schools and that's a big reason why he continued getting recruited hard by a lot of people. He attended one of Miami's camps this past summer and de-committed from the Noles the day he returned home. Within a week, he was committed to Florida. Despite the Gator pledge, Jackson took multiple visits to Miami over the past few months including a recent official visit to the school. He has not yet taken official visits to FSU or Florida.

Bottom Line: When it comes to the Big 3 in Florida, Jackson was the state's most heavily recruited cornerback prospect this year. He's shown interest in all three programs but remains committed to the Gators. There's a good chance, however, that he flips his commitment to the Hurricanes sometime in the next month or so. If so, Dillard's Dennis Turner will likely sign elsewhere. Jackson would likely be given the chance to play right away in Miami's secondary. Now the question is -- can the Canes close this one out?


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