The visit to Notre Dame exceeded expectations.
“It was amazing,” said Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 226-pounder from Bishop O’Dowd High School in Oakland. “I was blown away by the facilities and I loved the atmosphere.”
Jackson landed the game invitation after reaching out to the Irish and sharing his sophomore highlight film.
He traveled to South Bend with teammate Alijah Tucker, a junior offensive tackle with an offer from Washington.
Notre Dame’s 41-34 win was a highlight but joining the Irish in the locker room for their post-game celebration topped that.
“It was awesome,” he said. “I could hear the players talking about they how they always play well versus USC and I also heard coach (Brian) Kelly emphasize mental toughness and how it can win a game. I saw when he gave the game ball to the player who blocked the punt when Notre Dame scooped it up and scored, but it was really amazing.”
Washington and Oklahoma also are showing early interest in Jackson.
Though he has played in just six of his team’s seven games, Jackson leads Bishop O’Dowd (3-4) with four sacks..
“We're just having a tough time giving up big plays on defense and that has been our main problem so far,” Jackson said.