Keenan Jackson Takes More Visits

Keenan Jackson
Keenan Jackson has visited Virginia Tech twice. (Instagram)

Keenan Jackson
Wide Receiver, Class of 2024
Cuthbertson, Waxhaws, NC
6-3, 185

This week, Hurricane Ian has interrupted plenty of planned upcoming events. For many high schools in North Carolina and South Carolina, that means football games on Thursday instead of Friday and Saturday.

For three-star wide receiver Keenan Jackson, he and his Cuthbertson (NC) teammates will now play at Sun Valley (NC) Thursday night. The impending storm also means that Jackson likely won’t make any college gameday visits this weekend.

Leading up to this weekend, though, Jackson has been busy. This season, he’s been to games at North Carolina, Appalachian State, Charlotte and Virginia Tech. And while Jackson insists he’s not close to a decision, he does have a firm date of May 15 for a list of top schools and a trajectory he’d like to follow to get to that choice. May 15 is his birthday.

“I want to be committed before I play a game my senior season,” Jackson said. “As of now, I’m really just going to all these gamedays, seeing as much as I can, because I won’t really have another fall of seeing games. I’m just praying that after the season, I’ll narrow things down and go from there. I feel like my process is nowhere close to coming to an end.”

Jackson, Rivals.com’s No. 48 wide receiver for the 2024 class, was in Blacksburg Thursday for the Hokies’ game against West Virginia. The trip was his second there, after he was on hand for one of Virginia Tech’s camps in late June.

“It was a crazy atmosphere, like nothing I’ve experienced,” Jackson said. “I got chills, like I was about to play. I’ve never seen a student section that deep, the stadium that packed. It was good catching up with Coach (Fontel) Mines and Coach (Brent) Pry. And the field was amazing pre-game, so it was all around a great visit.”

Though offensive coordinator Tyler Bowen offered Jackson a scholarship in May, it’s been Mines who he’s become closest with.

“Coach Mines being my position coach, I talk to him the most,” Jackson said. “They’re all pretty much new there. It’s really good seeing how well, how fast they’re gelling together. It’s a well put together staff. They’re always nice, always talking football, and they’re still off to a good start.”

Overall, Jackson said he likes what he’s seen from the Hokies on and off the field.

“Blacksburg is definitely a great place,” he said. “I haven’t given too much thought about sitting down and making a top list or any type of decision. I want to enjoy this part of the process. I don’t want to be stressed out about the end. But (Blacksburg) has been great every time I’ve been there, and it’s a great place for sure.”

On Saturday, Jackson was at North Carolina for its game against Notre Dame. It was his third time seeing the Tar Heels in-person this season, after he was on-hand for their season-opener against Florida A&M and at Appalachian State for their win there.

“They took a tough loss, but it was good getting back,” Jackson said of his most recent stop in Chapel Hill. “The offense looked solid, but I’m sure they’ll get back on track. It was a good visit as always, to see the staff. Coach (Lonnie) Galloway is my guy, a good dude and has a lot of connections to where I’m from.”

Jackson said once the hurricane clears, he hopes to plan some more college gameday visits. For now, the next one is Oct. 29 to Penn State for its game against Ohio State.

“Obviously, they have a great program,” Jackson said. “I haven’t talked much to the coaches, but my wide receivers coach knows

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