Official Visit Affects Jackson's Status

West Virginia verbal commitment Joseph Jackson took his official visit over the weekend to North Carolina.

"North Carolina was a place I wanted to see for a while," Jackson said. "Everything went well and I liked it a lot."

Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 196-pound linebacker from Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast, says the visit "definitely affected" his commitment status with West Virginia – he pledged to the Mountaineers last March.

"I came away with a lot of information," Jackson said of his UNC official visit. "We went to the football game, toured the campus, and learned about the football program."

Making the long trek from Jacksonville to Chapel Hill with Jackson on Friday was teammate and close friend Reggie Northrup and his father.

"It made it a lot better to experience it with someone I know," Jackson said. "We went through the same things and we can talk about it later."

Like Northrup, who is verbally committed to Miami, Jackson plans on continuing to take official visits before finalizing his recruitment. Unlike his teammate, Jackson figures to take just two additional official visits – Auburn and West Virginia. He has previously visited Auburn twice, but his official visit to Morgantown will be his first.

UNC is the only school that both Northrup and Jackson are truly considering.

"It would be nice to go to the same school, but we're going to do what's best for ourselves," Jackson said.

Senior linebacker Zach Brown served as the player host for both Jackson and Northrup.

"We just chilled with him," Jackson said. "He really just talked about what the university was all about. He said it was a good experience."

Jackson also spent a great deal of time with UNC verbal commitments Jon Heck, Shakeel Rashad, and Phillip Williamson. Heck and Rashad also play high school ball in Jacksonville.

"They were basically just telling me what they saw when they came on their previous visits," Jackson said. "They told me their take on the university and told me what they liked about it."

Before heading home on Sunday morning, Jackson had separate meetings with Everett Withers and Art Kaufman.

"They just said the same thing," Jackson said. "They wanted to know if I had any questions for them. They really wanted to know how everything went in my mind. I told them that I had a great time and that I really enjoyed myself and it's an experience that's definitely making me think."

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