Video interview by Eugene Hankerson
Story by Kyle Bogenschutz
As the 2017 recruiting cycle comes to a close, several uncommitted prospects continue to search for their future home.
Out at the U.S. Army All-American Game, one five-star student-athlete that fits that description is Arizona offensive tackle Austin Jackson.
"They have me playing all over," Jackson said this week. "Some guard, some tackle, some tight end so it's just another thing, you've got to get it done."
While his future very likely lies at the tackle position given his athleticism and length, Jackson continues his search for the right spot to spend the next four years of his career.
With three school standing out above the rest at this point in time including Washington, USC and Arizona State, Jackson can't decipher which program he has the best relationship with but did divulge which visit stood out the most of the trio.
"I talk to everyone a lot," Jackson said. "Probably best visit was Washington. Cool, never been to Seattle and it was a lot of good stuff to see."
Despite having a family member that previously played at USC, Jackson says he isn't being tugged in that direction necessarily, noting the Trojans have plenty to offer outside of his obvious connection.
With two official visits still out there on the table, Jackson is currently looking to figure out where, and if, he'd like to cash those in.
Two schools being mentioned include Arizona and Michigan. In the Wolverines, a relationship was forged early on, until one speed bump tripped things up.
"Throughout the process I wasn't really looking to go that far out," he said. "But academically what they can offer and the program, that's enough to overlook location."
In regular contact with both Tim Drevno and Jay Harbaugh, Jackson says he plans to sit down with his parents to discuss his final options over the next month.
Should the 6-foot-5, 255-pound lineman decide to take a visit or two, Jackson laid out exactly what he'll be looking for.
"Academically the resources available at the school," he said. "Not just from the school what I get as an athlete cause we have a different schedule than most kids so I kind of want to know if I'll still get the same education and maximize my opportunities no matter what they are."