Athlete Deon Jackson made the trip to Notre Dame last weekend for the Irish Invasion with highly touted teammates Andrew Thomas and Jamree Salyer. Both those offensive linemen already hold Irish offers. Will Jackson join that group? The versatile back might need to wait a bit longer to find out, but it seems he improved his odds on Saturday night.
“I liked it a lot,” Jackson said. “It was pretty good. I like walking around campus and receiving the tour. It was really nice.”
Pace worked out at running back at Irish Invasion in hopes of impressing Autry Denson and Brian Kelly.
“I had talked to coach Denson on the phone, but this was the first time in-person talking to him,” Jackson said. “I enjoyed him a lot. He’s a really good coach. He’s a pretty down to earth and knows a lot.”
The Atlanta (Ga.) Pace three-star prospect spent time with Kelly in the moments that followed the two-hour workout.
“After the workout, coach Kelly talked to me and my mom,” Jackson said. “He told me they were real close to offering. They wanted to go back and watch film from the camp first.
“They like that I can play both (running back and receiver) and that I have good hands and good routes out of the backfield and can line up in slot or whatnot. I actually started high school at wide receiver and moved to running back my junior year and did pretty well. But I have a wide receiver background, so I can bring a lot to the table. Basically the schools that are recruiting me hardest, I’m playing running back and slot. They say they want to get the ball in my hands as much as possible.”
Notre Dame’s academic pitch stood out most to the 5-foot-11, 206-pound athlete.
“One of my favorite parts was with my teammates when we received a presentation at the Mendoza School of Business,” Jackson said. “That was huge for me. They went over all the classes we would take. That was pretty big for me. Education is big in my decision.”
Duke, Louisville, Missouri, Oregon State, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Vanderbilt and Wisconsin have offered Jackson.
“I can’t say yet if I have favorites,” Jackson said. “I need to take these last two visits this summer to Louisville and Missouri before I have a final list.”
Jackson listed Georgia and Florida as other schools that could be nearing pulling the trigger on an offer. Should Notre Dame offer, the Irish would be a top contender.
"Yeah, they would be up there definitely,” Jackson said. “I’m definitively going to take some more visits before I make a decision this fall.”