Jackson Talks Commitment

Justin Jackson ended his college recruitment on Monday, announcing his commitment to North Carolina just a day after returning home from the Chapel Hill campus.

"I went down there and I really liked North Carolina," Jackson said. "I guess I sort of felt ready to commit, but I wasn't really sure yet. I think the trip really sealed it.

"I think it's the one that we felt most comfortable with. It sealed it with how comfortable we got with the coaching staff, players and the atmosphere."

Jackson felt comfortable with not only the program from a basketball standpoint, but also with the school and academics.

"Obviously North Carolina, the program speaks for itself for not only basketball, but also coaching, school wise and academics wise," Jackson said. "What stood out to us were the relationships we built with the coaching staff."

"On the visit we got a lot more close to Coach Williams and we got to see how great of a person he is off the court."

Growing up, Jackson, a five-star wing prospect out of Spring, Texas - who plays for HCYA in Houston - followed UNC and even attended their camps in middle school.

"Honestly I grew up a North Carolina fan," Jackson admitted. "I went to their camps until I was in eighth grade, so fifth to eighth grade. As far as recruiting, it didn't pick up until this past year when they finally offered me.

"We just really enjoy watching them," he added. "I can't say we were diehard fans, we just enjoyed watching them."

The 2014 recruit saw an opportunity with UNC and didn't want to lose it.

"I think it was not only getting over with, but we didn't want to miss out on an opportunity that was there," he said. "Obviously in recruiting schools have to keep recruiting other players. We just wanted to go ahead and choose which school we thought was the best opportunity."

Jackson is regarded as the No. 2 small forward and the No. 10 overall prospect in the 2014 class. He is UNC's second 2014 commitment, joining Fla. point guard Joel Berry, who is ranked No. 14 overall.

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