Jackson Makes Most of UNC Trip

The extra time spent in Chapel Hill the past few days paid off for Kameron Jackson in the form of a North Carolina scholarship offer.

"It came as a shock," Jackson said. "I didn't know it was coming that early. When [Butch Davis] handed me that piece of paper, I was almost speechless."

Vanderbilt is the other Division I-A school to offer Jackson, a 6-foot, 180-pound athlete from Madison (Ala.) Academy, a scholarship.

Accompanied by his father, Jackson first arrived in Chapel Hill on Saturday for the second day of UNC's two-day camp. He spent the morning practice session at wide receiver, his primary high school position. He then worked out at defensive back during the afternoon session.

"Coach [Troy] Douglas, he asked why I was with the receivers," Jackson said. "He said ‘You're a cornerback. Come work with us after lunch.'"

Apparently the UNC coaches didn't see enough of Jackson at defensive back on Saturday. At the conclusion of the camp, [Art] Kaufman, his primary recruiter, asked Jackson if he'd work out on Monday.

"Coach Kaufman said they wanted to evaluate me more," Jackson said.

Jackson spent much of Monday's morning session working out individually with Everett Withers, UNC's defensive coordinator.

"We were working on 45-degree breaks, three-step breaks, and footwork drills," Jackson said.

Following the day's second session, Davis extended Jackson a scholarship offer.

"They pulled me aside and the coaches gathered with Coach Davis," Jackson explained. "He got out a briefcase and handed me the paper. He said ‘You're a good player and we want you' and handed me the scholarship offer."

Jackson returned to UNC yet again on Tuesday, but not to work out. Instead, he and his father were given a full tour of the campus and football facilities, and then met with members of the academic support staff.

With an offer in hand and an in-depth look at the program behind him, Jackson now lists UNC as his leader.

"Coach [Marcus] Berry, [UNC's Director of Player Personnel], asked me on a scale of 1-10 where I thought Carolina was and I told him a 15," Jackson said. "[UNC] was the first school that I loved. And the campus was real nice – I didn't expect it to be so nice. And I really like what they're doing with the football program."

Jackson grew up in Wilmington, N.C. where he lived until he was a freshman. Even after moving to Alabama, he continued to follow UNC's football and basketball teams.

By the end of the summer, Jackson would like to make a verbal commitment.

"[UNC] is at the top of the list of the offers I have right now," Jackson said. "I just want to go and talk with my head coach before I make a decision."

Between now and when he makes a verbal commitment, Jackson plans to camp at Auburn and possibly make a return to Vanderbilt's camp.

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