Doug Belk has spent much of his spring in the state of Georgia, visiting numerous products over the last few weeks. Some have received offers the same day, others had to wait a few days to get the news. Fort Valley (GA) Peach County linebacker JaQuez Jackson fell into the latter category, but that didn't make him any less excited.
"I was speechless, to be honest," said the 6-foot-1, 215-pounder. "WVU is a great program and I definitely could see myself apart of it."
Belk had swung by his school earlier in the spring, but the two were not allowed to talk (NCAA rules), and this week was the first opportunity for Jackson to call up Belk and get him on the found. That's when he found out the news.
"I found out from Coach Belk," said Jackson. "He said he loved my athleticism and physicality, as well as my football IQ."
The two also discussed a visit to Morgantown during that conversation, and Jackson says it is something that will happen "this June, probably the later part of June." While he's never seen the campus in person, he's impressed with the "tradition and overall atmosphere" of the program, and hopes a visit to see it himself will reinforce those beliefs.
Jackson holds offers from Maryland, UCF, Rutgers, and more, but he claims no favorites at this time. After he makes a few visits this summer, he says he will be ready to "cut the list down."