In many ways, Clayton (NC) 2019 four-star defensive end Savion Jackson is keeping an open mind with his recruitment. But while he hasn’t dived in, there are already a few make or break factors.
Jackson is up to 12 offers, most recently from Florida, Virginia, East Carolina and Penn State. Virginia Tech offered at the end of March, while South Carolina was first to offer in February.
There have been a few visits so far, as Jackson is already getting a good idea of what stands out to him and what does not. Any decision, or even cuts to his list, however, are still some distance away.
“I don’t want to be that far away,” Jackson said. “It doesn’t have to be 30 minutes, just not a great amount away. Then, just a good atmosphere, connection with the coaches and a school that football is important to the culture there. The tradition there would be big and how the campus looks and stuff. Plus, playing time and the depth chart.”
Since the first of the year, Jackson made a pair of visits to Clemson and South Carolina. Both had traits that got his attention.
“How the coaches act, at Clemson, it’s really good,” Jackson said. “They’re active and just hype and excited. Actually, both. It was just cool to see the players helping out too, with the camp. I wouldn’t say they had a lot in common, but they were very good camps.”
Jackson made his first and only trip to Blacksburg in late March. Though the offer came shortly after, Jackson said he was impressed with a few aspects.
“When I got offered, it was over the phone,” he said. “We went and watched one of their practices in the spring, when they just started practicing. I’d never been up there, but it was nice. I was excited. Just walking to the building, it felt good. The locker room was nice, indoor field, everything.”
Assistant coach Charley Wiles has been Jackson’s primary contact. He’s helped fill Jackson in on how he would be used on the Hokies’ defensive front.
“I’m interested and they’re around my top, whatever I have,” Jackson said. “Their defense, how they use D-line, I like that. They’d play me at tackle and end and their D-L is always moving. It’s always stunting, going different places. That’s how I play, so that drew me to them. Then, just how the coaches are, they’re really cool. Distance isn’t bad, either.”
For now, though, no more visits are planned. Jackson said he might take more visits in July, but...
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