Justin Jackson's Journal

Future Tar Heel Justin Jackson, a 6-8 junior wing from Spring, Texas, will keep Tar Heel fans updated on his path to Chapel Hill with regular journal entries at InsideCarolina.com leading up to his UNC enrollment in June 2014.

My First Week As A Tar Heel
Posted by Justin on March 13, 2013

My official visit to UNC was everything I expected it to be. My family and I had an amazing time. During the visit, and after the Florida State game, we had dinner with Coach Williams and the rest of the staff. We sat in his office talking before I left and that's when I told him I wanted to play for UNC.

He was real excited when I told him. He actually teared up a little bit and so did my mom. Coach Robinson was in the room at the time, and he pulled everyone else in there and told them that I was the newest Tar Heel.

I didn't want it out in the public yet, so I told Coach Williams I wanted to get back home and let my brothers, sisters and grandparents know before it got out. They were all good with the decision, so I tweeted it out.

Within a minute of my tweet, scouts, reporters, friends, family and other players I know started texting and calling with congratulations. Kendall Marshall tweeted me and said welcome to the family. Marcus Paige sent me a message and said congratulations.

After the interviews, my priority was calling the coaches of the other schools on my list. It was difficult to tell them about my commitment. You build some good relationships with people during recruiting. They're all great men and for the most part they all wished me the best of luck.

I'm pretty anxious to tap into all the resources of UNC's alumni. I'm ready to get their thoughts and can't wait to play in the pickup games in Chapel Hill when I get there. It's amazing, some of the best players in the world will be there.

I'm just happy that I made the decision. To Carolina fans, you guys are the best out there and I'm looking forward to playing in front of you.


A couple of days after we got home from the official visit, my parents surprised everyone. They said the whole family was going back to UNC for the Duke-UNC game.

The feeling in the Dean Dome was totally different for Duke-UNC than my official visit, knowing I would be coming there in a couple of years. There were some great guys there and the atmosphere was really cool. I know Theo, Kennedy and Nate well, and then talked to the other guys.

Kennedy, Nate and I had a unique vibe from the rest because we know we're going to be teammates. They're all great guys and I think we got a little closer that day.

Obviously the game didn't go as good as we would've like, but it was still a great time to go. To sit there in that environment was just phenomenal. Shootaround was totally different from the Florida State game. There was more energy from the players and everyone was just more excited and hyped.


I took a few days off the last couple of weeks with all the traveling. Homeschool Nationals start next week, so preparing for that is my focus. It's the last tournament for my homeschool team, so I'm still working out and practicing with the team. AAU starts up this weekend, but I won't be playing in it until the homeschool season is over.

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