Commitment Q&A: Mywan Jackson

SEFFNER, Fla. --- Mywan Jackson announced his decision to become a Tar Heel during a Thursday afternoon ceremony at Armwood High School. Immediately after stepping down from the podium, he spoke with Inside Carolina ...

"Next year I'll be attending ... the University of North Carolina," Jackson said from the podium as he put on a UNC hat.

Jackson quarterbacked Armwood deep into the state 4A playoffs in 2008, passing and rushing for a combined 2,311 yards and 33 touchdowns

"Mywan was a three-year starter for us," said Armwood head coach Sean Callahan of his versatile offensive weapon. "He started for us as a sophomore as a wide receiver, punt returner and kick returner. And then when we made him a quarterback (for his final two seasons), which was always the plan, we lost our punt returner and kick returner."

The 5-11, 175-pound athlete chose UNC over finalists Michigan and Louisville.


Why did you decide to choose UNC?

"UNC felt like the place I wanted to be. It felt like a family environment, the coaches are down to earth people, and I know I'm going somewhere that I can lean on somebody and they'll take care of me. That's why I really chose North Carolina."

When did you really make your decision?

"I made my decision in December. I decided in December I wanted to go to North Carolina, but I had to wait until we got back from school."

When did you inform the coaches at UNC of your decision?

"The day I decided to go - I called them and told them I'd be attending North Carolina. So they said, 'Are you going to go public with it?' I said, 'Yeah, when I get back to school.' It was before the Christmas break so that's why I waited so long."

Were they excited when you told them?

"Yeah, they are excited knowing that they've got two Armwood boys. We're probably going to be the only two Florida commits there."

When did you tell the other schools that have been recruiting you?

"I didn't tell them yet, so they're probably going to find out now."

How much of an impact did Angelo Hadley's commitment to UNC last month have on your decision?

"It's not the big effect that everyone says it is. The effect was that knowing if we did go to the same school, we'd have each other to lean on. He didn't really recruit me like people think he did - he just really told me 'Go to where your heart is' and both of our hearts are at North Carolina."

When did you tell Angelo that you'd be joining him at Carolina?

"I told him the news the same day I told the coaches the news ... He was excited. He was trying not to explode and tell everyone that we were going together."

What role did your assistant coach, former Tar Heel Keith Newman, have in your interest in UNC?

"He took us to North Carolina a couple times. He said it was a good place - he went there for four years - and he said he grew up there so he knew everything about it."

What was it about UNC that put the Tar Heels over the top compared to the other schools?

"Probably just the overall campus at UNC. It's a beautiful place, they've got great academics. Most people know UNC for their basketball, but they've got a good football program and the No. 6 recruiting class in the nation, so we know we'll be playing with good players."

Angelo is expected to be a defensive back in college. What about you?

"Everything. I don't really know - whenever I go in, I'll find out. ... They talked about corner, punt returner, kick returner and slot."

How firm is your decision? Are you done with visits?

"It's real firm. ... No more visits - nothing."

You've got official visits left you could take and a few weeks until Signing Day. Why'd you pick today to announce?

"Because the Florida game is today and I know everybody is going to be reading the papers so they'll have to read about me committing to North Carolina."

What are your plans for between now and when you make the trip up to Chapel Hill?

"Get ready for college, get worked out, get my grades right and stay out of trouble."

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