West's #1 Safety Done With Official Visits

Nov. 10 -- The West's No. 1 safety, Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin four-star Lamar Jackson, talks about his last official visit -- to Nebraska -- and possibly visiting UCLA...

Elk Grove (Calif.) Franklin safety Lamar Jackson took his fifth and final visit this past weekend, taking a trip out to Nebraska.

"It was great at Nebraska and was way better than I expected," said Jackson. "I came in open minded and it left a big impression on me."

Jackson had hastily scheduled the trip and said he was glad he took the trip.

"It was something I decided to do late because I wanted to look into Nebraska deeper," said Jackson. "Coach (Brian) Stewart is who is recruiting me and got me to take the visit."

Jackson said he was also impressed by the Huskers coaching staff.

"Coach (Mike) Riley is real down to earth and the whole staff reflects that," said Jackson.  "We all sat together and ate a meal and we all talked, me, Coach Stewart, Coach (Mark) Banker and Coach Riley and they all said I'd be a baller for them."

Jackson was hosted by Aaron Williams on the trip.

"He was really cool and the other players were all real good and cool to talk with," said Jackson.

The overall atmosphere in Lincoln, which included a last-minute upset win over Michigan State, didn't go unnoticed by Jackson.

"The atmosphere was unreal," said Jackson.  "They fight for their team and their fans.  People would come up to me in the stadium and thank me for coming.  That stadium is sold out every week.  It's a great environment.  That fan base is really strong and I really felt it. The community was big there."

Originally planning to announce at the UnderArmour All-American Game, Jackson said he's now likely waiting a little while longer.

"I'm gonna do a video for it that can drop anywhere between January and Signing Day so I have more time to announce it," said Jackson.

And while his official trips are done, he's also likely going to take a couple more unofficial visits.

"I think I'm going to take unofficial visits to UCLA and USC and then probably Oregon too and see each of them," said Jackson.

Jackson and Franklin will take on Turlock in the first round of the CIF-SacJoaquin Section playoffs next Friday.


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