"He came up to me before our game Friday and said, 'coach I'm going to commit to Tennessee," Inglewood coach Khalid Ali said. "I just looked at him and said, 'ok, whatever Chauntez.' I completely thought he was joking because we had just talked about recruiting and he wanted to take his visits and wasn't close to making a decision.
"This morning, my phone was blowing up with people asking me about the commitment. I was thinking, 'oh my gosh, he actually did it.' I called him up and asked if he committed and he said he did, he called the staff after our game. I couldn't believe it but it's a great fit for him and that's where he was going to go eventually. I guess he just figured why put it off if he knew that's where he wanted to be."
Jackson is a very versatile athlete with a significant upside. He has been thought of as a defensive end ever since he had a dominant showing at the SoCal NIKE Camp his sophomore year. He's a big, physical, active defender but still very raw in terms of technique and skill.
As a tight end, he actually looks a lot more fluid and comfortable. He has huge hands and catches the ball very well. He runs well and although he's still picking up how to run a route, his motor skills are good and he shows the ability to be a tough, physical blocker who can also make the tough catch.
Tennessee was the one school recruiting him for tight end and according to Coach Ali, that's where Jackson wants to play in college.
"He picked up tight end fast and he's very comfortable there," Ali said. "After watching him play the last few years, he really looks a lot better at tight end. It's just more of a natural position for him and he really likes it.
"Tennessee is a great fit for him and he's really excited about playing in the SEC. He's looking for a change and is excited to get out of state and experience something new. He should do well and we're all very excited to see how he develops."