Jackson in Northrup's Ear

Throughout their recruitments, Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast teammates Reggie Northrup and Joseph Jackson have discussed the possibility of playing together in college. That talk increased when Jackson pledged to North Carolina on Monday.

"It would a lot of fun to go somewhere and already know someone," Northrup said.

While several schools are actively recruiting Jackson and Northrup, the only school that is recruiting both is UNC.

Sticking to his promise when he committed, Jackson has begun to recruit Northrup -- who is verbally committed to Miami -- for the Tar Heels. "He tells me how I would have a good opportunity and how it would be awesome for me and him to be there together," Northrup said. "We both play linebacker, but we're two different kind of linebackers, so we wouldn't be competing for the same position."

UNC is looking at Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 200-pounder, as a hybrid linebacker/safety, whereas Northrup, a 6-foot-2, 215-pounder, is more of a traditional linebacker capable of playing all three linebacking positions.

Two weeks ago, Jackson and Northrup took their first official visits together to UNC.

"It definitely got me thinking after that visit," Northrup said. "I actually got to see how the program is. I feel like it's a program that would fit for me. I'm really thinking about North Carolina, but I'm still committed to Miami. I feel like North Carolina is a great program – it really surprised me on the visit. I got a good feel for what the atmosphere would be like, the student life, the game day. I like the academics and the program all around – I was impressed."

This Friday, Northrup, who plans to take all five of his official trips, will leave for his second official visit -- to Arkansas.

Beyond the Arkansas visit, Northrup doesn't have any other official visits scheduled. He plans to eventually set up a trip to Miami and said he will probably officially visit Auburn. Michigan State, Notre Dame, South Carolina, and South Florida are under consideration for his final official slot.

"The important thing with these colleges is me getting an opportunity to compete for a starting position or just playing time as a freshman," Northrup said. "The program, how good the coaching is, the type of defense that they run, the academics overall, and location are also factors. Location will be the least important factor – if what's best for me is to go far, that's where I'll go."

Northrup is unsure when he'll put an official end to his recruitment.

In the meantime, Northrup will continue to keep in regular contact with Troy Douglas, his lead recruiter at UNC.

"He's a cool guy," Northrup said. "He keeps it real. He lets me know what's going on and keeps me updated. He's a good guy."

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