Jackson, a 6-foot-4 245-pound defensive end from Griffin (Ga.), is approaching his recruitment with an open mind.
"I wouldn't say I have a favorite," said Jackson. "I just say I'm keeping my doors open and just weighing my options. Every school that has offered me, I'm looking into them."
With the recent additions of Florida and Miami, Jackson is up to 17 scholarship offers.
Jackson does, however, have a soft top five listing of his offering schools.
"I'd say my top five are Alabama, Tennessee, Florida State, Clemson, and UGa.," said Jackson. "I've been to all those schools on a visit. I liked the environments; they have a real good academic program, a really good sports program, and nice facilities."
Although UNC is currently on the outside of his Top 5 list and looking in, the Tar Heels are in a decent position considering Jackson has yet to visit Chapel Hill.
"I like [UNC], a lot," said Jackson. "They have a really good sports and academic program. So, I'm really looking into North Carolina, a lot. Hopefully I can go [to UNC] this summer, visit the campus, talk to the coaches – things like that."
Additionally, Jackson is hoping to visit Clemson, Louisville, Mississippi, and Oklahoma this summer.
After taking his summer visits, Jackson plans to finalize his favorites list. He then figures to make a verbal commitment by the end of his senior football season.
"I'm looking for a place where I can get a good education, nice environment for me and my family – a place I can call my second home," said Jackson.