UNC Improves Chances for Jackson

For much of his recruitment, Mywan Jackson had considered North Carolina among his favorite schools. Those feelings only strengthened with last weekend's unofficial visit to Chapel Hill.

"I don't have a favorite school yet, but UNC is in the top," Jackson said. "It's a real beautiful place. I could see myself playing there."

This coming Thursday Jackson, a 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete from Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, will unofficially visit Michigan for his final trip of the summer. He also visited South Florida.

He is also giving strong consideration to Auburn, Illinois, Louisville and West Virginia, which headline the rest of his 19 scholarship offers.

By the end of this week, Jackson plans to announce his final five schools. He says he could make a verbal commitment before the season, but could wait until after.

"I'm just looking for [a school with] a good environment – can I see myself playing there for four years?" Jackson said. "I'm looking for a home away from home."

Jackson and two of his heralded Armwood teammates -- Angelo Hadley and Ryne Giddins -- left for Chapel Hill last Thursday.

"Our linebacker coach, Keith Newman, actually attended the school so we had planned this [trip] out about two weeks ago to spend a weekend out there," Jackson said.

"The visit was wonderful. UNC is a beautiful place. Overall it was a great visit."

Friday was the meat of Jackson's stay. In addition to spending a great deal of time with the coaching staff, he toured the campus.

"The campus was beautiful," Jackson said. "I didn't know it was that beautiful. The facilities are top of the line."

Jackson will be a three-year starter for Armwood. After starting at wide receiver his sophomore year, he led Armwood's triple-option offensive attack at quarterback last fall, ending the season with 1,200 yards and 16 touchdowns on the ground, and 800 yards and six touchdowns through the air. Armwood will switch to a spread option offense this season and Jackson will remain at quarterback.

UNC, like most schools, projects Jackson as a cornerback at the collegiate level.

"I would love to play corner," Jackson said. "Anywhere I can help the team win, I'll do it."

For much of his UNC stay, Jackson was courted by Everett Withers, his primary recruiter and UNC's defensive backs coach.

"He just talked about what they have planned for us and what it's going to take for us to able to be a Tar Heel," Jackson said.

"He said they're going to bring in two corners and both corners are going to have a good chance of playing as incoming freshmen."

Jackson and his Armwood clan left Chapel Hill early Saturday morning after getting a quick glimpse at UNC's Seven-on-Seven Team Camp.

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