The original plan for standout safety Lamar Jackson was to take an official visit to Oregon this past weekend but when plans changed he decided to head to Tucson.
"Oregon wanted me to visit later in the year," Jackson said. "I had a bye last weekend and I wanted to visit somewhere and Arizona never stopped recruiting me, even when I came out with my original list of five schools I was planning to visit and they weren't on it.
"I'm definitely glad I made that trip, I had an incredible time out there and loved everything about it. It's an amazing place with amazing people. The coaches, the players on the team and the students were all great with me. I loved the facilities and I know they're continuing to upgrade there and the fan support was wild. They sold out the place and the stadium was packed for NAU so that shows you something."
Jackson he could definitely feel the family atmosphere at UA.
"It's a very tight knit group there," Jackson said. "It's not just the players are close with each other but with the coaches as well, it felt like a big family for sure. Scooby Wright and Anthony Mariscal were my hosts and I had a great time with them. I was able to spend a lot of quality time with the coaches, especially Coach Caponi, who's the safety coach and Matt Dudek, who's in charge of recruitng is one of the funniest guys I've ever been around.
"He talked about my role in the defense and how they would use me. They play a lot of defensive backs, sometimes they'll have five guys out there and they like me for that bandit/safety type position. I really enjoyed sitting down with Coach Rich Rod before I left as well.
"He's a real laid back guy that's all about winning. He's very intense during games but fun to be around off the field. He said he loved that I came up to visit and said they could really build something special with me there. It's a good staff that I know could help me get to the next level and that's what I'm obviously looking forward to doing."
Next up for Jackson is a visit Arizona State this coming weekend (Sept. 26), followed by Oklahoma (Oct. 3) and Michigan (Oct. 17).
"I was supposed to visit Notre Dame earlier but it didn't work out and I don't think I'm going to be able to make it out there. I'm not sure if I can see myself at Notre Dame so I'm probably going to take that last visit to USC for the UCLA game. I have interest in both of those schools and it just works out schedule wise to get that visit in to USC late in the season.
"Then I'll be ready to make my decision in January at the UA AA Game. Right now, I'm open to everyone and don't have a leader. The visits will be big for me and wherever I feel most comfortable and where I fit in the best, that's where I'll end up going."