Tim Jackson looking at remaining officials

Tim Jackson, three-star defensive end from Gibbs High School in St. Petersburg, Fla., took his first official visit to Wake Forest earlier this month. The Sunshine State prospect currently has a number of schools in consideration for his remaining official visits.

"There's a few schools I have in mind for official visits," Tim Jackson stated. "I'm thinking about Stanford, North Carolina, Kentucky, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, Iowa State, and maybe Michigan, if they offer. I've been talking to Michigan all year. If they offer I'll consider them for an official visit.

"There's a good chance that my remaining four visits will be between those schools. I'll probably take the rest of my officials after my (football) season. I'll definitely take my remaining (four) visits."

The Wake Forest coaching staff made a great impression with Jackson.

"It was a good (official) visit," he commented. "It was great to meet the coaches and players. They're good people. It's a family environment up there. There's a good relationship between the players and coaches. That visit showed me a lot about Wake Forest."

Jackson will remain open about his favorites.

"I don't have any leading schools right now," he commented. "It's not something I'm keeping to myself. I'm not gonna hold any secrets. I don't even know for myself. When I start naming leaders, everyone will know."

The 6-4 and 230-pound defensive lineman has several criteria for a potential school.

"I don't really have a favorite conference or anything," he said. "Ideally I wanna be in a BCS conference, but outside of that, the conference doesn't really matter. "Academics will be a very important factor for me. Prestige will also factor into my decision. I'd like be a part of a winning tradition."

Jackson has plenty of options with 19 offers, and a 3.7 GPA. He would like for his 20th offer to come from a school within his home state.

"I'd love to have an offer from the Florida Gators," he said. "If I could choose a school to get my next offer from it'd be Florida. I've been going to their games since I was a junior. I still talk to them occasionally.

"If they do offer, I probably won't make them a leading school. I'd put them into consideration like I do with every other school. They'd go through the same process that every other school would go through."

Like many top prospects from Florida, Jackson has several offers from outside of the Southeast region. He is willing to play anywhere.

"I wouldn't think that location would play any role for me," he said. "My parents are fine with me playing anywhere in the country. I haven't really been anywhere to ever feel home sick. I really wouldn't know what being home sick is like."

Despite drawing double teams on just about every snap, Jackson has put together a tremendous season through six regular season games.

"On the season I have 47 tackles, eight for a loss, and seven sacks," he said. "I have three forced fumbles and one fumble recovery. I have no idea how many quarterback pressures I have. I'm pressuring the quarterback on just about every play in passing situations."

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