December 22, 2010

FL OL says it's a 3-team race

Vero Beach, Fla., offensive lineman Marcus Jackson recently had his eyes reopened by the University of Miami. Jackson had originally committed to Miami in December of 2009 but a year later following Randy Shannon's dismissal and a few visits to Tennessee, he decommitted.

But, things quickly change in recruiting. Miami hired Al Golden as the Hurricanes' new head coach and Jackson visited the Canes this past weekend and it seems that everything is back to square one.

"Everything is pretty much still even, I really like Miami, they went back up there. So, I'm still considering them a lot," Jackson said. "I don't really know for sure (what schools it's down to), but I think it's between Michigan State, Miami and Tennessee."

While visiting the Hurricanes, Jackson was able to spend more time with Miami players and Golden and he quickly liked the former Temple head man.

"It was just seeing all the guys again, all the players that I knew and met before when I was committed and all the coaches and some of the knew ones. Coach Golden was a really great dude. He's a cool guy. I think he can take the program to new heights, back where it was in the old days," Jackson offered. "He has a plan and he's the kind of person that can get it done. He seems like he has the right kind of coaches around to do it too."

Before being hired as the Canes' new coach, Jackson admitted he had never heard of Golden but after an in-home visit and the official visit he's grown fond of him.

"He's one of the coolest coaches I know, he was a real cool guy. I had never heard of him but he came to my house the day after he got the job and he introduced himself and he seemed like a real cool guy," Jackson said. "On the visit I got to know him even more. It just seemed like he had a plan and he was the right person to be there."

When Jackson was asked stuck out about Tennessee he said he still likes Tennessee for the same reasons that he made an unofficial visit with his mother a few weeks after making an official to Knoxville.

"I don't know the, the same things that stuck out to me the last time I guess," Jackson said.

As for the Spartans, Jackson said he enjoyed his official visit to Michigan State and that's why they're still alive for his commitment.

"Michigan State was my first visit. I really enjoyed it, and I went with my teammate.
I don't know. I've just got to check everything out," Jackson said.

Jackson said he still plans on making his decision public during the Under Armour All-American Game on Jan. 5. He still plans to enroll early as well.


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