Demetrius Jackson Talks Michigan Offer

The Hoosier State guard spent Thursday in Ann Arbor with the Wolverine coaching staff and touring the university. GoBlueWolverine caught up with the 2013 prospect on his day and his new offer.

6'1" 185 pound guard Demetrius Jackson from Mishawaka Ind. has been hoping for a Michigan offer. Thursday he spent the day in Ann Arbor to fully take in what the Wolverines had to offer. As it turns out, the Maize and Blue 'had Jackson to offer'.

"We spent the whole day with the coaching staff and touring the university and seeing all of the things we haven't seen before," Jackson told GoBlueWolverine. "I got to play with the players and go up and down a little bit. After that we met with coach again, and they told me they have a certain process they like to go through before offering. Some of the things consist of: is he a player that's going to get better, is he a good player, does he have good grades and is he a good person. So they have the little check list, and they told me I had everything checked off. He told me they really feel like I have the drive to become a better player, and so they offered me."

Jackson came out of the visit extremely impressed by the Wolverine presentation.

"It was really, really fun. What made it the most exciting was that I was with good people. The coaches are really funny and you really connect to them. They know how to reach out to you, and it was just fun to be around them all day. I really enjoyed myself, and I had a smile on my face most of the day. That is what kind've stood out."

Part of the visit was an open gym run with the current Wolverines, including incoming freshmen Trey Burke and Carlton Brundidge.

"Carlton and I actually had a competitive little stretch there, and so we're kind've like the same people, so we kind of went at it -- in a good way though. I'm blessed, because not everyone has this opportunity to play with college basketball players, so I was thankful and really appreciative towards Michigan, because not everyone has this opportunity."

While the visit was a memorable one, Jackson remains open to all of his options and intends on exploring every option.

"They're a great university and great school and great program overall. I'm kind of still wide open, and I plan to go out at my own speed, because this is going to be the most important decision of my life. You never want to regret an important decision, and you try to make the best decision you can, and by that you can only take time. It won't hurt me to take any more time."

With remaining open during his process, Jackson doesn't expect a decision to come anytime soon.

"I don't really have a timeline. Probably by the end of my junior year, even maybe a little bit before. I just want to go at my own speed. I know there are other point guards offered and they may not think the same way. They may want to commit sooner, but, like I said, I can only help me and go with myself. I just want to take my time and make the best decision possible, and keep developing as a player."

Jackson is one of the few guards that the Wolverines have extended an offer to in the 2013 class, but that won't rush his decision. It's a process the Maize and Blue understand and appreciate from the youngster.

"We didn't actually set it on the table, but it's been inferred. They explained to me they want me to take my time because this is an important decision. They don't want me to come because there are only so many spots left. They want you to come there because you truly want to be a Wolverine."

In the meantime, Jackson and his family will continue their process and hope for a return visit to Ann Arbor to catch one thing they've not witnessed yet.

"Right now we don't have a set date and time. But I feel that's a good atmosphere, so whenever they want to invite me down and invite my family down, we're more than thankful to come down. They talked a little bit about coming to a football or basketball game. I've been to a football game there with the coaching staff, but I haven't been to a basketball game, so I haven't seen what Crisler Arena is all about yet."


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