Smiles were two for the price of one on Tennessee’s campus Saturday.
One commitment after another became public knowledge while the football program hosted Orange Carpet Day.
Among those deciding on an orange-clad future was Theo Jackson.
“I’m just super excited, man,” Jackson told InsideTennessee. “I can’t wait to be here (at Tennessee). It’s the best place for me.”
The Scout three-star prospect knew Tennessee was going to be the spot “like a week or two after they offered me.”
Vols coaches expressed their elation after receiving news that Jackson planned to stay in state for his college football.
“They were very excited,” Jackson said. “They’ve been waiting on me a long time, since they offered actually.
“I can’t really explain it, it was excitement through all the coaches.”
Jackson was part of an eight-commitment day for Tennessee.
“Once one committed…I mean I was already going to commit, but those early commits kind of made me want to at that time,” Jackson said.
The Nashville native chose Big Orange Country “because of being able to stay home and play in front of your friends and family and to stay connected with them, too. It was just a big one for me.”
Jackson joins other mid-state products that made Tennessee their second-level home. Those friends and acquaintances have been nudging the the playmaker in the ribs about picking the Orange & White.
“They’ve all been trying to get me to come here,” the Overton High standout said. “Since I’m here, I’m about to starting helping out too with the class.”
At 6-feet-2, 170 pounds, the Music City product has the length to play a number of positions. Tennessee assistant Willie Martinez wants Jackson in his defensive backfield.
“They see me as a corner,” the Scout three-star wide receiver prospect said.