"Coach [Butch] Davis said he'll talk to me at the end of fall camp and we'll figure it out."
Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 234-pounder from St. Petersburg (Fla.) Gibbs, will be practicing at defensive end – likely on the weak-side.
"[Red-shirting] really doesn't matter to me," Jackson said. "[On the one hand,] red-shirting sucks, [because] you don't get to travel with the team and you get banged around in practice. But I can get some good football experience and get stronger for when I finally get my chance."
Since signing with UNC, Jackson has been following the workout program UNC assigned him – when he can.
"I could only lift on days I didn't have a track meet," Jackson said. "I had track meets two-three times, sometimes, a week… Starting [Thursday], [I'll be lifting] everyday."
Jackson's last track meet was Wednesday – the District Meet. This spring he participated in the 110 and 300 hurdles, discus, and shot put. His personal bests in each event was 15.9 seconds in the 110 hurdles, 40.11 seconds in the 300 hurdles, 120 feet in the discus, and 45 feet in the shot put.
"I had faster times last year," Jackson said. "I've gained like 20 pounds."
Jackson, who is academically qualified, is scheduled to arrive at UNC on June 14. He's still working out who he'll room with.
"Reggie Wilkins, he's been contacting me," Jackson said. "He wants to room with me. Tre Boston, we've been talking about rooming.
"I talked to Coach [Joe] Haydon about it. He asked me who I wanted to room with. I just said probably someone close to my position or someone from my state. It doesn't really matter to me."
Jackson hasn't discussed jersey numbers with anyone at UNC. His first choice, though, is No. 81, while 84, 96, and 9 are his back-up digits.
Jackson wore No. 81 as an underclassman at Gibbs. He switched to No. 9 for his senior season.
"With No. 9 I was making a statement," Jackson said. "Since we were in 2009, I wanted to show everyone that it was going to be my year."