Jackson Contemplating UNC Official

Tim Jackson lists North Carolina as one of the schools to which he's considering taking an official visit.

"I'm interested in North Carolina," Jackson said. "I know they're doing some good things over there. Butch Davis is really starting to build a program."

Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 209-pound defensive end from St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs, has already taken one official visit – Wake Forest, a couple of weekends back.

Besides UNC, Auburn, Iowa State, Mississippi, Stanford, and Vanderbilt are under consideration for Jackson's final four official visit slots. Visits to Auburn and Iowa State could occur during the season.

"I know some schools it's a hassle to go during the season," Jackson said. "Some schools would like to get you [to visit] during the season, because of the weather or crowd."

Jackson doesn't have a leader or even a group of favorite schools. He plans to establish a list of favorites within the next couple of weeks.

All of the aforementioned schools, as well as roughly ten others, have offered Jackson a scholarship.

Troy Douglas, UNC's Florida recruiter, began pursuing Jackson in the spring. The two reconnected when UNC extended Jackson a scholarship offer a couple of months ago.

"One day, my coach let me know the offer came in the mail," Jackson said. "I think it's probably because some of the guys [they've offered] committed [elsewhere], so they just worked down their board."

Since receiving the UNC offer, Jackson and Douglas speak nearly once a week.

"He really wants to get me up for a visit," Jackson said of Douglas.

Jackson's senior season hasn't gotten out to the start he expected. Gibbs, which is under a new coaching staff, is 1-3. Jackson, though, has accumulated 33 tackles, four sacks, and has forced two fumbles.

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