"Yeah I got a feel for the campus," Jackson said. "It was a different feeling from coming on an unofficial the first time. The game environment, the players, seeing how they really were. In the summer time, everything was all great, so just to see them during the season was nice.
"What stood out to me was the atmosphere of the crowd, the stadium, how the players were when I went down there and talked to them and hung out with them. All the DBs hung out with each other at B-Moore's (Vols safety Byron Moore) house. That's probably one of the best things is just feeling comfortable with the players that are already there."
The visit to Tennessee was his fourth official. He last tripped to Rocky Top in late July for Foundation Day.
"It leaves them up there at the top with all the other schools," said Jackson, who is leaning toward taking his final official visit to Oregon.
The No. 3 cornerback in the nation says his top schools are the ones he's officially visited (or visiting) plus Florida, UCLA and USC. Those trips were to Florida State, LSU, Oklahoma, likely Oregon and Tennessee.
Jackson hopes to see time on both sides of the football and in the return game. He's developed a relationship with Tennessee freshman cornerback Cameron Sutton.
"Yeah I know Cam Sutton pretty good," Jackson said. "On my unofficial, that's who my host was. I was with him, hanging out with him the whole time. So, I already had a relationship hooked up with him."
The product on the field wasn't the most flattering as the Vols trailed just 27-20 to No. 7 Auburn late in the first half but the tables turned over the final two quarters and the visitors walked away with a 55-23 victory. It was obvious to the five-star that he could provide a boost.
"Yeah, I seen that a couple snaps in the game," Jackson said. "They said they need a difference-changer and I feel like I can step in right away and help the team.
"They talked to me about playing both ways, getting the ball on offense, just getting the ball in my hands. Defensively, just locking down."
Although the Vols dropped their Southeastern Conference matchup with Jackson looking on, the Big Orange fan base came out in full support, selling out Neyland Stadium with an announced attendance of 102,455.
|Vols freshman cornerback Cameron Sutton reacts after getting a sack versus Auburn on Saturday.|
Around spending time with California native and Tennessee senior Moore, Jackson sat down with coaches.
"Basically the message from the coaches is I can step in right away," Jackson said. "They're on the right track and they're going to get it done because they're still building and they just need recruits to keep it going.
"I think the players that's on the team...they all text the coach. Coach (Butch) Jones said he had 37 messages from his own players. That means a lot. The players, even after a tough loss, they're still texting their coach, saying how much they appreciate him and a lot of things they're doing. Even the players said they just need the right players to get the job done. That's how I know it's on the right track."
Recruits prefer to hear the truth from college coaches. The sales pitch from Tennessee being an honest one for the Under Armour All-American sticks out.
"Basically the whole feeling they have. The coaches are honest with me, down to earth in general," Jackson said.
Tennessee ranks at No. 2 with its 2014 recruiting class, which informs Jackson that there's belief in the program's direction.
"It means a lot because you still have players committed even though they're having a tough season," he said.
Jackson's Serra (Calif.) High School team ranks in at No. 13 nationally in Scout's Top 50 poll. They capped off a perfect 10-0 regular season Friday by blowing out St. Paul 56-10 in a game in which Jackson contributed a pair of interceptions returned for touchdowns in the first quarter.
The victory clinched the Mission League championship for Serra and set up a No. 1 seed in the postseason.