UNC Getting Serious With Jackson

North Carolina hosted a handful of key recruits for Late Night with Roy. One of UNC's top 2014 targets – Justin Jackson – flew in from Texas to see the festivities.

"I had never been to something like that and to just see the other aspects of the school as far as fan base and support it was pretty amazing," Jackson said. "It was a good experience."

Jackson's visit to Chapel Hill was for less than 24 hours, but he was also able to watch the Tar Heels practice Saturday morning.

"We flew in Friday evening," he said. "It really wasn't a true visit. We got in and checked in at the hotel and got there about an hour before Late Night with Roy. We hung out with some of the recruits that were there."

"After that we headed back to the hotel and then the next morning we went to their practice and then we headed out that day."


Jackson and Roy Williams at practice (Photo courtesy Jackson)
Jackson, a standout at Spring (Tex.) Homeschool Christian Youth, said the Heels looked good in practice, and he was able to meet the team.

"They are good," he said about the Tar Heels. "They are really good. I had never gotten to hang out with them much. They are some cool guys. They came up and introduced themselves and asked how everything was going. They are cool guys and great players obviously."

During his visit Jackson spent some time with the North Carolina staff. He said they have intentions of watching him in Texas in the near future.

"They said they can't wait to get down," he said. "With Coach's surgery that he had done he can't travel on an airplane yet. He said once he can start doing that he's looking forward to coming down to watch a game.

"Obviously they are pretty serious," he added. "I was fortunate enough to get an offer from them. Right now I think it's just them watching and seeing how I progress."

North Carolina offered Jackson on Aug. 10, and since then the Heels and Jackson have kept in contact quite a bit.

"I think ever since they offered me we talk a lot more than we used to," Jackson noted. "Right now 2013 is their main priority, but we talk a lot more after the offer than we did before."

Jackson said he's further developing a relationship with Roy Williams and likes the coach's approach.

"I like getting to know Coach Williams a little better," Jackson said. "He's a great man. Obviously he is one of the best coaches to ever coach and to just sit down with him and talk with him he's a guy that will tell you when you do good, but he'll also tell you when you do bad."

"That's what I'm looking for in a coach so I can get as good as I can," he added. "As far as the coaching staff goes, I think they are real. They'll let you know what you need to get better at and what you need to do, but they'll also let you know what you are doing good at."

To go with a scholarship offer from UNC, Jackson holds offers from Arizona, Ohio State, Georgetown, Washington, Texas, Texas A&M, Baylor, Alabama and North Carolina State.

"Right now I'm still open," Jackson said. "I think, as far as me and my family, we are starting to narrow the list down a little bit by ourselves. But we aren't really closing any doors that might open that could be a good place for me to go."

"Right now we are still open," he added. "I'll probably come out with a narrowed list, but I don't know when."

Does Jackson have a timetable for a college decision?

"I used to say that it would be sometime before my senior year or at the beginning of it," he said. "Now that we are starting to get a little farther into it we are just sort of checking things out. Finding places that I might not fit in as well or I might fit in better at. I think [we'll know] once that one school seems to be the right fit for me."

Although a date hasn't been finalized, Jackson said his next visit would likely be to Washington.

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