The 2016 season went well for Marietta (Ga.) Lassiter CB Christian Jackson, and now recruiting is beginning to follow suit. He now holds a half dozen power five offers, including one from the University of Michigan. The Peach State star visited Ann Arbor for the first time last weekend and came away extremely impressed.
“Michigan offered me about a month ago,” Jackson recalled. “Honestly it wasn’t by surprise because they had come by the school like three times. Then like two weeks after (the last school visit) they offered me.”
“I loved (the visit to Michigan’s campus). Of course it’s big with nice buildings, weight room, and practice fields. I was really impressed with their education and how much support they have for their football players while they’re in school. Plus they have a plan set up to help players after school.”
The trip also gave Jackson the opportunity to get a much better feel for his primary recruiter, Chris Partridge.
“He’s definitely cool,” said Jackson. “He’s is a good, down to earth guy and coach. I like him a lot.”
Because so much of the experience stood out it was hard to pinpoint aspects of it that shone the brightest. However, after taking a little time to think about it Jackson came up with two.
“Of course how big the stadium was and talking to Coach Harbaugh,” he said. “He was a funny guy. He was cracking different jokes the whole time. He’s a funny guy.”
That Jackson’s dad came away from the visit similarly impressed was a feat in and of itself.
“Even though he went to Michigan State he was also extremely impressed with the things we saw at Michigan,” said Jackson. “He didn’t play (football at MSU). He went there in (the late 80s).”
That explains why the talented youngster grew up a Spartan fan. Father and son also made their way to East Lansing during their trip up to the Great Lakes State and liked what they saw there as well.
“Michigan State was also nice,” sad Jackson. “I liked Michigan State’s campus and I liked how their cornerbacks coach is also the defensive coordinator.”
“Coach (Harlon) Barnett was a cool down to earth guy. He doesn’t sugarcoat things. He lets you know how it is.”
Jackson is similarly inclined when it comes to his recruitment. The Michigan native isn’t fazed by the distance from home and isn’t concerned about growing his gaudy list to a gaudy number. The Wolverines and Spartans have shown him enough to already prove either of them would suit his needs just fine.
“They’re my top two schools,” he said. “I want to make my decision probably around spring… like April or May. I’ll definitely be back up to see those two schools, and I also need to make some trips to schools like West Virginia and Virginia Tech.”
“The biggest factors are going to a school where I can compete for a spot as a freshman, and also a good academic school.”