Deep Creek (Chesapeake, VA) wide receiver/safety Jamaal Jackson liked the University of Virginia on his first experience in Charlottesville, during the summer camp session earlier this year.
Ever since, he knew UVA was the place he wanted to go. When Coach Groh offered him a scholarship last weekend, he was quick to accept.
“I’ve wanted to go there since I liked it at the summer camp,” said Jackson, who’s primary recruiter from Virginia was Bob Price. “I knew if they ever offered, that I would commit. They offered me last week and I committed.”
Jackson is happy to have his decision made.
“I’m very excited [to commit to Virginia],” said Jackson. “Now I can just go out and play. I can relax without worrying that I have to impress someone.”
At 6-3, 200 pounds, Jackson was hand-timed at a 4.45 40 at the Lake Taylor High School combine earlier this year. He plays safety and wide receiver for Deep Creek and is being recruited as an athlete by Virginia.
According to Deep Creek Head Coach David Cox, Jackson will be a versatile player for the Cavaliers. A great athlete, Jackson plays basketball and participates in track in addition to football. He runs the 100 meters and competes in the high jump and long jump for track.
“Colleges recruit a kid like this because he can play anywhere,” said Cox. “He can play wide receiver or free safety. And I think he could even play some strong safety or outside linebacker because of his size. He’s 6-3, 205 pounds right now. He could easily get to 225 pounds in college.”
In addition to Virginia, Jackson had received scholarship offers from Syracuse and Michigan State. Jamaal plans on taking an official visit to Virginia but does not have a date set up. He will not make any other visits.
Jackson is a good student as well as a good athlete. He carries a 3.0 grade point average and has scored over 1,000 on his SAT’s. He’s not sure what his major will be.
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