The wing talent on the Michigan Wolverines' 2007 recruiting list looks to be as good as it has been in years. With in-state prospects like Alex Legion and Durrell Summers, it's easy to overlook prominent ballers from outside of Michigan, but that would be a mistake.
Greenfield (OH) McClain wing Dante' Jackson has been a Maize and Blue target for well over a year. As time has gone on, the home team's interest has only intensified. The 6-5, 185-pounder is as versatile as they come. He is capable of playing the one, the two, and the three…and though he prefers playing on the wing, (which is his position while on the summer circuit); he runs the point for his high school team. His wide array of skills were on display at the AAU Nationals Florida this summer, and since he blew up at that event the attention he is garnering has increased at a steady pace.
"Most of the Big Ten schools have been in contact," Jackson said. "The there have been a few Big East schools in Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, and Georgetown. In the ACC I've heard from Virginia Clemson, Florida State, and North Carolina.",
Dayton and Xavier are the only two programs that have offered to date, but that will likely change in the near future. One school that might be on verge of joining the Flyers and Musketeers is Michigan. "I actually talked to Coach Andy Moore on Wednesday," Jackson said. "It went well. They are recruiting me pretty hard. I'm going to be talking to Coach Amaker very soon. The recruiting process with them is going pretty well. I would say that those three are recruiting me the hardest."
Back in the summer Jackson indicated that the Ohio State Buckeyes and Kentucky Wildcats were the frontrunners in his recruitment. That, however, no longer appears to be the case. When asked if those two schools still led, he said, "Not really. I've got Michigan, Dayton, and Xavier. I'm not going to say that those are my top three, but those are three that I'm very interested in. Ohio State and Kentucky are still in there."
As more offers flow in, Jackson's list could obviously change. That said, the early show of interest by the three aforementioned programs should keep them right in the thick if things. Those that make the final cut will have to meet some very specific criteria. "One…I want a family atmosphere within the basketball team," Jackson said. "I also want to have the opportunity to get a good education. The college I choose will fit me and my educational needs. And finally, I'll have to have an opportunity to make an impact early."
Visits will play a large role in the weeding out process, and Jackson plans to take a number of trips throughout the year. The impressions made on these outings will be huge factors in a decision that may be less than a year away. "I've already been to Dayton and Xavier, and I went up to Michigan a couple times this summer," Jackson said. "I'm not sure how many more unofficials I'm going to make before the season starts. I definitely plan to make it back up to Michigan at some point. I haven't decided when I want to make my decision yet. I'm high on a few schools right now, and I'll try to make another couple of visits before the season. I'd say I'll probably decide by the end of my junior year."
GoBlueWolverine will have more on Jackson in the near future.