The recruiting process started slow for Will Jackson, 6-4, 280 pounds from Knoxville-Farragut, this winter, but it picked up quickly. Jackson picked up offers from several programs including Mississippi, Vanderbilt, Wake Forest, and West Virginia before making his decision to commit to Georgia Tech.
Jackson said of his commitment, "Everything is great. They are having a really strong season and they have a big game Thursday."
As far as visiting the Yellow Jackets Jackson commented, "I have not been down since the Virginia game." Jackson has served as a recruiter ever since his commitment. He explained of his recruiting efforts, "I am doing my best. The good season is helping players to commit. A lot of the big targets we have gotten on board which is great."
The three star guard has made an effort to stay in contact with his fellow commitments and one prospect in particular. Jackson said of the prospect, "I talk to Daniel Hood occasionally, I text him today actually. We don't always talk about recruiting because it's his decision, but I tell him what's great about Georgia Tech." He went on to add, "I think we have a fairly good shot of landing him, but we will see what happens."
As for the commitments that Jackson has kept up with he said, "I talk to Jordan Luallen, who is a quarterback, I text him a little bit. Jay Finch, who is an offensive guard, I talk to him as well. I've become pretty good friends with most of the guys already."
Jackson has remained solid in his commitment since he made it in July, but just recently one school has stepped up their recruiting efforts. He reported, "Just recently Ole Miss has been calling me again. I got a call probably two weeks ago and they said they are still going to try and recruit me, but I told them I was still committed to Tech."
For the Admirals from Knoxville-Farragut this week proves to be the biggest game of the season as they take on a tough Ooltewah (Tenn.) Owls squad. Jackson said of the game, "It's a huge game and we play a great opponent in Ooltewah. They obviously embarrassed us last time. We are focusing on coming back strong and we have to pull out our best game to beat them."
He added of the Owls, "They have some great playmakers on both sides of the ball and I really hope we can answer this week and pull off the win." Jackson is right about the Owls and their playmakers. This game should provide great entertainment for fans and an opportunity to check out some of the top prospects for the class of 2010 including Sammy Seamster and Jaques Smith for the Owls of Ooltewah (Tenn.). Fans will also be able to catch a glimpse of juniors from Knoxville-Farragut including quarterback Reese Browning, running back D'Andre Purty, and wide receiver Lee Van Dyne.
The march through the playoffs can be a difficult process. Jackson said, "We've got to take it one game at a time. We did it last week with a win in a scrappy win."
As the season winds down through the playoff run many prospects are beginning to learn that they may be able to participate in a post season senior bowl. Jackson has been selected. He commented, "I am playing in the Toyota East/West senior bowl." He went on to say of the game, "It is a huge honor to be picked as one the top players for the East side. I'm really excited to do it." Fans will be able to watch Jackson and 87 other top players from the state as they compete on December 13th, 2008 at Carson Newman College in the 2nd Annual East/West Toyota All Star Classic.
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