Javon Jackson had an informative inaugural visit to North Carolina a couple of weekends back.
“I enjoyed it a lot, actually,” Jackson said. “I got to spend time with the coaches and learn how I fit into the scheme. And also, I learned that academically North Carolina is the fifth best school in the nation.”
Although he doesn’t want to use words like “leader” and “favorite,” the visit has put UNC in a great position for Jackson, a 5-foot-10, 171-pound defensive back from Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek.
“I have a very high interest [in UNC],” Jackson said. “I like how well I fit into the scheme and how cool Coach [Charlton] Warren is. I like how cool the coaches are. And the scheme, I think it fits me really well. And it also is a good school – I want to go to a school with good academics.
“I don’t have a favorite. I’m really considering all the schools that have offered me.”
With Syracuse’s recent addition, Jackson is up to nine scholarship offers. After visiting all nine, Jackson, who has also visited Georgia Tech and Kentucky, will announce a favorite schools list.
Accompanied by his father and a teammate, Jackson spent a Saturday afternoon at UNC. The five-hour stay began with a meeting with Warren, the Tar Heels’ new secondary coach.
“He broke down the scheme and how I’d fit into it,” Jackson said. “He says I could play all five defensive back positions, but sees me mostly as either a free safety or nickel back.”
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.
After leaving Warren’s office, Jackson headed down the hall to meet with Larry Fedora.
“He talked about the position I would play, but a lot of it was about academics and how the school is,” Jackson said. “He also talked about how it’s important for his players to have good grades.”
Jackson and his guests then had lunch with Chris Kapilovic, who is handling Jackson’s recruitment for UNC. Afterwards, they were given a campus tour.
“They showed us the entire campus,” Jackson said. “And then they asked what I would like to major in and I told them sports management. And we went to the business buildings and that really stood out.”
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