ORLANDO, Fla. – Dontavious Jackson has been in Florida all week preparing for the Under Armour All-American Game to prove he’s one of the best players in the country.
However, he has little prove coming off an outstanding season at Houston (Texas) Alief Elsik High School, with tops schools like Michigan, Texas and Alabama all showing considerable interest.
In fact, Jackson took in a visit to U-M in late November, and had this to say about his visit with the Wolverines.
“The best part about Michigan is the fans,” Jackson said. “They show so much love. They are so persistent. Coach (Jim) Harbaugh is one of the best coaches ever. So to have the chance to be coached by him, that’s amazing.”
And Harbaugh’s message to Jackson is clear.
“He tells me straight up ‘Come play for me! Come play for me!’ Straight up, that’s first thing he says whenever we talk.” Jackson said of his conversation with Harbaugh. “’Man, come play for me, I’m waiting on you.’”
Also, Jackson says he’s been informed of U-M’s latest hire of defensive coordinator Don Brown.
“I’ve talked to coach Harbaugh about him, I’ve talked to coach (Chris) Patridge about him,” Jackson sad of U-M’s hire of Brown. “I expect to talk to him pretty soon. I know he’s going to come in on in-home visit with coach Harbaugh in January, so that should be interesting.”
Adding: “I really just want to know him,” Jackson said of Brown. “As a defensive player, you want to know your defensive coordinator. So I want to build a relationship with him.”
Jackson says he’s well aware of the opportunities to play early at Michigan, and has been reminded of that by current Michigan 2016 LB commit Devin Bush Jr., who has been trying to recruit Jackson to Ann Arbor this week.
“He’s been recruiting me pretty tough,” Jackson said of Bush. “Especially in practice, we’re on the same team, we both play linebacker. We are on the same team, and he’s telling me ‘it’s wide open for us, you know.’ Basically telling us ‘we can go get it, two freshman doing what we do.’”
Currently, Jackson says his does not have a top five at the moment. Jackson says distance will not play a factor in his decision. He has already been on official visits to Michigan, Florida State and UCLA. Already. He has also taken unofficial visits to Texas, Texas A&M and LSU. He has planned official visits remaining with Alabama and Florida.
“All these major D-1 schools you are going to get great education,” Jackson said. “The opportunity for me to play is there. All the flashy uniforms, all the things you could ask for, really, my decision will come to comfort-ability.” As far as a decision timeline, Jackson says he will make his commitment known on national signing day on Feb. 3.