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MARYLAND FIRST TO REACH OUT TO ’14 F JUSTIN JACKSON
As one of the elite prospects in the Class of 2014, it comes as no surprise college coaches have punched in the number of Justin Jackson many times since 12:00 AM on June 15th. At that time the unlimited class and text rule went into effect and it was the first time college coaches could personally call or text players in the Class of 2014.
Jackson, a 6-foot-7, 180 pound F who is on the AAU circuit this spring and summer with Houston Hoops, is taking the recruiting regulations in stride, but is weary of how the process will unfold after this initial excitement wears off.
“It’s fine right now, but I’m sure I will get tired of it,” said Jackson. “It is a part of today’s age, but I’m trying not to get caught up in it.”
Coaches wasted little time in getting out of the gate and contacting Jackson.
“Maryland was the first one to call at midnight,” he said.
It was the first he has heard from Maryland in the recruiting process, although head coach Mark Turgeon is very familiar with recruiting Texas from his time at Texas A&M in the past. Following the call from Maryland, a steady stream of programs have been reaching out to Jackson.
“Texas, Texas A&M, Ohio State, North Carolina, Florida, Michigan, SMU, Kansas, Harvard, Stanford, and others,” said Jackson when asked what other schools has he heard form already.
Whichever school is ultimately his pick will likely have a high mix of athletics and education to offer. Currently Jackson is home schooled and plays his winter basketball with Home-school Christian Youth Association, a foundation that was put together to give Houston-area kids a place to play basketball and interact with other kids that are homeschooled. Academics are high on list list of factors for his college decision.
“I’m looking for a coaching staff that I have good relationships with, good academics and good tradition [in a college],” Jackson told NBE last month.
NBE will continue to monitor the progress of Justin Jackson throughout the summer as this elite Class of 2014 prospect will undoubtedly attract a list of who’s who among college basketball coaches at events he is playing in when the summer evaluation period gets underway in July to come see him in action. In the meantime they will continue to call, text and message him. Get to know this young man…he will deliver a complete package to one lucky school in the future!