Jackson and Hadley, who have known each other since the seventh grade, toyed with the notion of going to the same college early in their recruitment. However, the idea didn't actually become a reality until their UNC official visit in September.
"[Hadley] was talking about ‘We could go to the same place' – we live right around the corner from each other [now]," Jackson said.
"But when we both came down for the official visit, we both said to each other that we really wanted to go to Carolina."
After the visit, Jackson could easily run down the positives of UNC.
"It was just a beautiful place," he said. "It had a nice coaching staff – I could see myself being coached by those coaches. The atmosphere, the stadium, [and] the surroundings – everything is good about North Carolina. And it has good academics."
Both, though, didn't rush into a commitment, instead electing to let their recruitments run their course. Hadley publicly committed in mid-December and Jackson followed less than a month later.
"He knew that I was going to commit, he just didn't know when," Jackson said. "We just let the whole thing go by."
For his entire career, Jackson, 5-foot-11, 170-pounder, has played offense, exclusively. Before starting his junior and senior years at quarterback, he played receiver.
At UNC, Jackson will be moved to the other side of the ball.
"Coach [Everett] Withers said he wants to see me at cornerback, first," Jackson said. "And then they said on day one I'm going to compete for kickoff return and punt return."
Before moving to quarterback, Jackson handled return duties for Armwood.
Regardless, Jackson is looking to get on the field as soon as possible.
"I'm going to go in and look to take somebody's position," Jackson said. "I don't know who it is [or] what I'm playing; I just know I'm looking to get on the field as soon as possible."
This spring, Jackson will participate in track, where he's considering running the 100-, 200-meter dash and 4x100-meter relay.
Jackson will take the ACT on Saturday, and he says he needs to improve on his last testing by a couple of points in order to qualify.