The Texas Tech 2016 recruiting class is a special one in that it was able to form a bond early in the recruiting process. This weekend many of them reunited, and for Ivory Jackson it made for an amazing weekend.
The 6-foot-3, 275-pound defensive tackle said this visit was all about “hanging with the boys” and it made it different than any other time he has visited Lubbock.
“It’s just how family oriented it is. We were all so close before we even got there. We are already brothers,” he said.
Freshman linebacker D'Vonta Hinton hosted Jackson and the two hit it off quickly. He said hanging out with Hinton and going around the city was his favorite part of the visit.
“He was the man. He took care of me. We were just cruising around enjoying everything. Just being with them was great,” Jackson said.
But with every official visit comes food, and that came as a close second for Jackson. He said the majority of the visit was spent eating too much, and his favorite spot was BJ’s.
In between meals the recruits got the chance to talk to the coaches and try on Texas Tech gear. Jackson talked the most with coach Morris, who has lead his recruitment, but also got to chat with new defensive line coach Kevin Patrick.
Patrick recruited Jackson when he was at North Texas so it wasn’t the first meeting, but Jackson said he reminds him of his old coach at Amarillo high, coach Jim Langdon, but a “younger version of him.”
The picture session with the Texas Tech uniforms was also a highlight for Jackson.
“It was awesome. I can’t wait to put them on with pads on. It was so cool to chill and take pictures with your boys. The uniforms are so cool and I know Kliff, better ones will come next year,” he said.
After this visit, it made Jackson so eager to get to Lubbock. His mom and sister who accompanied him on the visit even agreed, he chose the right place. He added that he’s even looking forward to hosting a 2017 recruit next season.
Before he can focus on signing his Letter of Intent Feb. 3, Jackson has one more game to play. He will represent Team USA in the International Bowl on Jan. 31.
“It’s amazing to represent the USA,” Jackson said. “There are no words to describe it.”