Dallas-Fort Worth area standout Jaylon Jackson is one of the top receiver prospects in the state in the class of 2017, and the Scout300 prospect has visited for Texas Tech games twice now unofficially.
He was first at Texas Tech's wild game at home against the TCU in Week 4, and then got the opportunity to witness the Red Raiders face off against Baylor at Jerryworld.
Jackson, Dimitri Moore, Avery Davis, Kaegun Williams, Charleston Rambo, Marquise Forman, and Camron Buckley all were in attendance for the game. Jackson is very close with teammate Camron Buckley, and the two visited previously along with Davis and Rambo for the TCU game. All of the Cedar Hill prospects were impressed during their visit and decided to watch Tech in action again the following week.
That certainly wasn't Jackson's first time at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, as Jackson helped Cedar Hill win a state championship last season and played under the lights on national TV.
"It's nice. I like playing there because you get to play in front of a lot of people. It's a nice atmosphere to play in, to be able to perform in front of a lot of people and show them your skills."
During the Baylor game, Jackson paid especially close attention to the offenses out on the field and was pleasantly surprised by what he saw.
"I like both Tech and Baylor because of the offenses they run. It was nice to see Baylor come out and score and then see Tech answer with a quick score. That was real nice to see. I was just looking at the different offenses they run, the different formations they line up in, and how they use their players."
Another thing Jackson noticed on the field was how many young receivers played for Texas Tech against Baylor. At one point, three true freshmen receivers lined up on one side of the field ( Tony Brown, Jonathan Giles, Keke Coutee), and Jackson is definitely impressed by the coaches not showing favoritism when deciding who to play.
"They were good. The coaches showed that they're not scared to play their skill position players early, they don't just choose them based on, 'you've been here for a while'. They're going to put the best men out there that can go."
Jackson was also asked whether the opportunity for early playing time will be a factor on where he decides to commit, and answered that it would affect his decision.
Coach Emmett Jones and offensive coordinator Eric Morris are leading the charge in Jackson's recruitment.
"I like coach Jones at Tech, and coach Morris. I really do like them. I talk to them a lot. We talk about everything - if I have a problem, or if I want to know something about the school, or ask about a formation I see out there, I can talk to coach Jones about it."
Texas Tech's extensive history with developing inside receivers is definitely weighing on the 5-10, 160-pound junior's mind as he contemplates which school he'd like to attend.
"I can see myself playing at Tech. I like the offense they run, they use their inside receivers a lot and that's the position I see myself playing in college. That's really good for me. It's the position I play now. I just like the way that they play. They're good route-runners. Wes Welker is definitely a good route-runner. Jakeem Grant is a fast guy, he moves really quick."
At the time that RaiderPower.com spoke with Jackson, he had not yet made the visit to the Arkansas/Alabama game. He has since made that visit.
"I want to get down there, see how they run their offense, see the way they use their players, talk to their coaches. See how the environment is when they play."
Coach Kingsbury and Alabama head coach Nick Saban are probably polar opposites in terms of coaching styles and how the coaches relate to their players. Jackson was asked whether he had a specific preference for coaching style.
"No, I just want to play ball in college and make it to the next level."
The Cedar Hill standout says he still wants to take yet another unofficial visit to Texas Tech this season, but has not finalized a date at this time.
"I want to get back to Tech but I don't have a specific date on when I want to come down."
It's still early in Jackson's recruitment, and the prospect does not have a timeline yet for making his commitment. He holds offers from Oklahoma State, Baylor, SMU, Texas Tech, and Kansas. He reports interest from Baylor, TCU, Tennessee, Ohio State, Oregon, and Alabama among others.null