Dec. 2 was the day that Larry Fedora and assistant coach Chris Kapilovic visited Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek High and extended a scholarship offer to Jackson.
“They told my coach that they liked my film and they felt that I was very physical,” Jackson said.
Jackson, 5-foot-10, 171-pound defensive back, has also received scholarship offers from Georgia Southern, Kentucky, Illinois, Louisville, and Wake Forest.
At that time, Vic Koenning was UNC’s defensive coordinator. But, a little over a week later the position was vacated and remained vacant until Gene Chizik joined the staff in January.
The entire defensive staff has since been replaced. One of the newcomers, Charlton Warren, has kept in contact with Jackson since joining the staff.
“He just talks to me about getting up there for a visit soon,” Jackson said. “He thinks I will like the facilities. He told me I would fit their new defensive scheme.”
According to Jackson, Warren sees Jackson being a versatile defensive back capable of playing either cornerback or safety in UNC’s 4-3 scheme, which is being installed this spring.
Jackson starts at safety for Sandy Creek, but moves to cornerback in goal line situations (he also handles return duties). He concluded the 2014 season with 58 tackles and six interceptions.
Accepting Warren’s invitation, Jackson is scheduled to visit UNC this Saturday.
“I really don’t know too much about North Carolina,” Jackson said. “I’m looking forward to meeting the coaches and seeing the campus.”
Jackson and his father are also working on travel plans for the other schools that have offered him. Once finished with his trips, he plans to come out with a favorite schools list.
Thus far, Georgia Tech and Kentucky are the only schools Jackson has visited.
Ga. DB Schedules UNC Visit
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