Jaden Jackson (Skyline HS) is one of the top returning players in the state of Utah and will be one of the most highly sought after players in the state for 2012. With his school year coming to a close, he's gearing up for a big summer with his AAU team, Utah Pump N Run.
"My recruitment is going pretty well. This summer will be exciting. There are a few big tournaments. I'm hearing from quite a few people so it's going pretty good."
Despite averaging 28 points per game during his junior year, Jackson is still lacking an offer, but that hasn't stopped local teams from showing serious interest.
"I've been talking to Utah State, BYU, Utah, Weber State, and a few out of state schools. A few of them have said that they are going to watch me this summer and make a decision about offering me."
With the new coaching staff Utah has brought on board and their insistence on keeping the state's top players at home, Jackson has started developing a strong relationship with new Ute assistant coach Tommy Connor.
"I've talked to Tommy Connor. I think Connor is a very good coach. The program seems good and the new Pac 12 would be awesome. It is definitely a possibility, but I'm interested in other schools as well."
Despite some interest from a few school outside of the state, Jackson appears intent on staying home, which will help the Utes land one of the state's top players should they offer.
"I'm pretty sure that I'd like to stay in state. I'm not positive, but it looks that way."
While Jackson plays the point for Skyline, he's receiving most of his interest at the other guard spot.
"Mainly shooting guard, but a little point guard as well. I prefer the point, but if I need to go to the 2, that's ok as well."
With the early signing period less than six months away, the senior to be would like to make an early decision and end the process.
"It mainly depends on what happens this summer and if anyone offers me. I would like to commit after the summer if things go well."
Jackson Looking To Stay In State
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