The postponement of Javon Jackson’s decision has reopened the door for North Carolina.
“I have opened [my recruitment] back up,” Jackson said. “My dad and I felt like I was rushing into things and he wants me to go to the right school.
“Me and Coach [Charlton] Warren and Coach Kap [Chris Kapilovic] have been talking a little more lately. I felt the love between them, so they kind of got back into the mix.”
Jackson, a 5-foot-10, 171-pound defensive back, was set to choose between Duke and South Carolina prior to Tyrone (Ga.) Sandy Creek’s season opener on Aug. 21. At the last moment, that plan was tabled. He now plans to wait until after the football season to make a verbal commitment.
“I’m just seeing how things go right now,” Jackson said. “I just want to go to some games and see the atmosphere of it, because it also plays a part.”
Jackson lists Duke, UNC, and South Carolina as his favorite schools. Ohio State, who has been in contact recently, will likely become a player in his recruitment if it ends up offering a scholarship. Georgia Tech is another school under consideration.
Korey Banks, Jackson’s teammate and close friend, verbally committed to UNC in late July.
“It would be cool to play with him some more,” Jackson said. “He’s been telling me that North Carolina thinks I’m a priority, it would be cool to play [together] in college, and Carolina would be a good fit for me.”
Jackson agrees with Banks’s opinion of UNC.
“It’s a good school – it’s a good school,” Jackson said. “It’s an up-and-coming program. I like how I fit their scheme at safety or corner.”
Warren, who coaches UNC’s secondary, made an evaluation visit to Sandy Creek on Friday for its 49-6 rout of Hampton (Ga.).
“I think he was looking to see if I could play safety or corner in my game,” Jackson said.
Unfortunately, Sandy Creek didn’t play a stellar opponent. Thus, Jackson and the rest of the starters were pulled after a quarter and a half. The limited time on the field didn’t allow Jackson to record any defensive stats, outside of a forced fumble. Inconsequently, he completed both his pass attempts for 42 yards and a touchdown.
Jackson, who has accumulated an interception, three pass deflections and five tackles in three games, spoke briefly with Warren after Friday’s game. If he made a position projection, Warren didn’t share that information with Jackson.
“He just told me ‘good game’ and hopefully he sees me at one of their games,” Jackson said.
Jackson plans to attend a UNC game with Banks, but the two have yet to establish definitive plans.
“I just want to see them play a good team,” Jackson said.