Jackson, a 5-foot-11, 179-pounder from Seffner (Fla.) Armwood, will also be looked at to return punts and/or kickoffs, and could see a utility role on offense.
"They want to get me on the field as soon as possible," Jackson said.
Regardless of the position, Jackson is looking to earn a starting role as a true freshman.
"I feel like as soon as I come in, I'm trying to take somebody's position," Jackson said.
Jackson speaks to someone from UNC at least once a week. Most of his contact is with Kirk Callahan, a video graduate assistant and son of Armwood head football coach Sean Callahan. But Jackson says he does communicate regularly with Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator and secondary coach.
"We talk about my grades and then how things are going to be when I get up there," Jackson said.
During his in-home visit with the UNC coaching staff, Jackson's UNC jersey number was discussed.
"They asked me what number I wanted to wear," Jackson said. "I told them ‘1.' They laughed when I said that, but they said it's available. 1 is available, 2 is available, and 5 is available – it will be one of those three numbers.
"[I like No. 1 because] it's the first number. I'll be first."
Since his football season concluded, Jackson's focus has been on his collegiate career. He elected not to participate in any sports during the winter and spring seasons. Instead, he has been following a workout designed by Armwood's strength and conditioning coach.
He is aiming to reach 190 pounds before his freshman season kicks off.
Jackson, who says he's academically qualified, plans to arrive in Chapel Hill on June 15.