Jackson Preparing for Tomorrow’s Decision

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Jamar Jackson will be one happy person late tomorrow afternoon. The 6-4, 230-pound Varina (VA) defensive end/outside linebacker prospect should have announced his decision by then, as he is expected to announce tomorrow during a 1:45 press conference at Varina High School. His final decision has come down to two schools – Florida State and Virginia Tech.

“I’m just looking forward to making my decision,” Jackson said.

As of yesterday, he still had not completely made up his mind.

“I had Coach [Frank] Beamer come by on Monday night and Coach [Bobby] Bowden come by [on Tuesday night],” Jackson recalled last night. “Me and my parents have been talking for a couple nights. I really don’t know right now. I’m getting there and I think I’ll know by [today]. I know it’s getting close, but I don’t know right now.”

Jackson discussed each of the in-home visits.

“Coach Beamer was great,” Jackson said. Coach Beamer was accompanied by Coach Jim Cavanaugh. “I met him down on my visit there. It was great to talk to him. My parents got to meet him and he answered some of their questions, which was great. My parents got along with him. I feel real comfortable with Virginia Tech.

“It was great to meet Coach Bowden, to have a legend in the house. My parents had a great time with him. He was a great person. He had a lot of stories about the history of Florida State’s program. It was great to learn the history. He’s a great person to talk to.”

Jackson turned in an excellent senior season and recently earned first-team all-Central region honors at defensive end. He helped Varina to Capital district and Central Region championships. He made official visits to Boston College, Florida State, Louisville, N.C. State and Virginia Tech before recently narrowing his list to two.

Jackson’s stock rose steadily from the end of his junior season to his senior season. He added about 30 pounds of “good weight,” he says, which certainly helped improve his game.

“I was stronger and faster this year,” Jackson noted.