DETROIT -- Just like many seniors in the country, Detroit (Mich.) Renaissance 2016 OT Alaric Jackson has been planning to announce his college commitment on National Signing Day.
However, with an offer from Michigan late in the process on Monday, Jackson now has one more offer to think about before his decision on Wednesday.
“My mind was made up pretty much between Iowa and Nebraska,” Jackson said. “(Michigan) came in pretty late. I never heard from them my junior year or my senior year. But they did offer me though, I was excited about it.”
Is Jackson even considering Michigan this late in the process?
“Not really,” he said. “They are in the running because they are the hometown school of course. But I’ll decide (on Wednesday) at 9 a.m.”
But then Jackson started to explain his family’s connection to Michigan, which hinted maybe the Wolverines aren’t so late to the party after all.
“Growing up my dad went to Michigan,” Jackson said. “He went there and played football. I like them a lot though. I like them, I’m leaning toward them, but I’m not sure yet. I’m going to talk to my mom tonight (about Michigan), and things like that.”
And his father’s reaction, obviously, was pure excitement when he heard the news of his sons offer to U-M.
“He was real happy,” Jackson said. “Because it’s his hometown school. He went there. He wants me to go there. So he’s happy about it, really happy.”
Adding: “Yesterday we talked about it. He was saying 'it’s pretty late, son.’ But if I went there, it’s a great school academically and athletically. So he said consider it.”
Now Jackson has to figure his best fit, before announcing his decision live on Big Ten Network at 9 a.m.
“I’ll write a pro and con list,” Jackson said. “Loyalty, the team that is there, the O-line that came out of that school. People from my hometown. The best fit for me basically.”