Jackson Wastes Little Time Choosing Pitt

Dane Jackson comes to Pitt as a corner. The 6-2, 170-pound standout was productive on offense as a junior, and had two impressive workouts for the Pitt coaching staff, which resulted in an offer.

After getting his Pittsburgh offer Sunday, Quaker Valley standout Dane Jackson wasted little time making his decision, committing to the Panthers on Tuesday.

"I'm really excited," Jackson said. "Pitt was always the place where I wanted to go."

Even before getting the offer, he says that his chief recruiters--Chris Haering and Joe Rudolph--made him feel like he was a priority for the 2015 class.

"I've always been in touch, I've been touch with Coach Haering since the winter," Jackson said. "Coach Haering and Coach Rudolph were pulling for me the whole time."

Jackson came down for a workout on Sunday afternoon. After running a 4.46 in the forty, that was the one thing the Pitt coaching staff wanted to see. He met with Paul Chryst in his office--a thrill of itself for Jackson--where the Pitt head coach told him he was offered.

"It was really thrilling," Jackson said of meeting with Chryst like that. "I was supposed to go down in the morning, but I wasn't able to go, so I went down at 3:00. They put me through some drills. They were impressed, so I went to Coach Chryst's office."

Even after hearing he was offered, Jackson said Chryst talked about the program, and how he felt Jackson would be a good fit.

"He was explaining to me the process, even though it was a long process, they wanted me to know I earned that scholarship," Jackson said. "When he told me, I got happy, I smiled, stood up, and shook his hand."

A Pitt fan growing up, Jackson also felt the importance to play for the hometown school.

"I just remember always being a Pitt fan, since they're the hometown school, watching them growing up, it was always the place I wanted to go," Jackson added.

Jackson chose the Panthers over offers from Eastern Michigan, Bowling Green, Albany, Duquesne and Indiana State.

In addition to that, Jackson says it's just nice to have his college decision behind him, where he can solely focus on his senior season.

"It's a huge relief," Jackson said. "I was getting calls pretty often. I was receiving a little pressure from the schools I had offers from. I was waiting for the Pitt offer. If it didn't come, I would have done what I had to do,

"Now, I just want to make a lot of improvements, improve my technique and get better as a player the remainder of the summer. Hopefully it pays off."


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