Jackson Commits to UNC

Joseph Jackson verbally committed to North Carolina a week after officially visiting the school.

"Really, it was just the academics," Jackson said. "When I went up there, I never saw so much committed to one major – that's really what sold me."

Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 195-pound linebacker from Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast, informed the UNC coaching staff of his decision to commit on Monday morning, starting with primary recruiter Troy Douglas. He also spoke with Everett Withers and UNC linebackers coach Art Kaufman.

"They were ecstatic," Jackson said. "It really made their day coming off that tough loss. They went crazy."

Last March, Jackson verbally committed to West Virginia. Shortly after officially visiting UNC for the Wake Forest game, he de-committed from the Mountaineers and crowned the Tar Heels his leader.

"I just really wanted to think about it," Jackson said. "My whole thing with my first official visit, I didn't want to make a choice and then take another visit and regret [committing]. But looking back on all the other schools that I was considering, I had already been to those schools two or three times and those visits weren't as good as when I went to North Carolina.

"I feel like at North Carolina, you get both a cold and warm climate. Like I said before, the academics are wonderful. The football team is wonderful – the ACC is a tough, competitive conference. And I still get to come back home and play Florida State and Miami, so my family can come see me. It was just a little bit closer to home than West Virginia was."

Originally, Jackson had planned to take official visits to Auburn and West Virginia, among others. That is no longer the case.

"Right now, I'm solid," Jackson said. "I'm not taking any more visits."

UNC is also recruiting Jackson's teammate Reggie Northrup, who officially visited Chapel Hill during the same weekend.

"I definitely plan to recruit him," Jackson said. "It would be great to have a fellow teammate with me. It would make it a much more enjoyable experience to have somebody that you already have a connection with come play college football with you. Hopefully, that works out."

Jackson says Northrup, who is verbally committed to Miami, is giving UNC a lot of consideration.

"We talk about North Carolina a lot, especially after the visit," Jackson said.

Joseph Jackson Profile

Inside Carolina Top Stories