Rising 2017 Macomb, Michigan (Dakota) 2017 point guard Jermaine Jackson Jr. has been on Toledo’s recruiting radar for quite sometime now. Well, the Toledo coaching staff finally chose to offer Jackson on June 2nd. Now that Jackson had that Toledo offer in his pocket, he decided to head up to Toledo for a visit and his time in Toledo certainly did not disappoint.
“The visit went very well,” Jackson said about his recent Toledo visit. “The coaching staff showed me the resources I have in order to be successful, such as 24 hour gym access. I toured around the campus where the academics were and where I would stay. Had a meeting with the coaching staff on how the University of Toledo fits my game style and their program.”
During his time on Toledo’s campus, he had a chance to see Toledo’s campus and facilities for the first time. Not to mention, but he also got to spend a lot of time with the Rocket coaching staff, who left Jackson very impressed.
“They had a really nice campus and facilities. My situation on and off the court would be very simple and easy. I talked to the whole coaching staff instead of just Coach Kalsow because he was gone. We talked about academics, living, and on and off the court situations. I think they want the best for me and their program, they want me to be successful with my decision."
Jackson did not make the trip down to Toledo alone, his mother also accompanied him on his visit. His father who was recently hired by Detroit Head Coach Bacari Alexander as Detroit's assistant basketball coach and recruiting coordinator. However, similar to Jackson, Toledo blew away his mother with all they have to offer Jackson.
“My mom loved it. My dad didn't come because of team camp. My mother really liked the academics Toledo has, she also liked the nice facilities and resources.”
Jackson still has other offers to take during the summer. The plan for him and his family is to visit SMU, DePaul, Virginia Tech, and Northwestern. He is also hearing from programs like UNLV, Michigan, Michigan State, Tennessee, Iowa State, and Dayton. Despite interest from other bigger schools and people expecting him to pick the Titans program, where his father is the assistant coach is at, he still likes Toledo “a lot.”
“I can go wherever I want to go,” Jackson emphatically stated. “My dad isn’t the head coach, so I am not looking at it like that. I am just looking for the best place for me and the school that is the best fit.”
“I like Toledo a lot, I think Toledo is a great program for athletics and academics overall. The basketball program has a great coaching staff that makes me very comfortable. Their development with the players and the relationships they have are very important to me as a program. Winning is a big priority to me and Toledo is the top or their conference!”
Jackson doesn’t have any leaders or top schools, he will look at all his options before he makes his decision. However, there is no clear date for when he will announce his commitment. The Rockets are in great position here for Jackson.