Gottfried, who spent several seasons at UCLA as an assistant coach, is hoping that his relationship with one of his former players can help the Wolfpack's pursuit of Jackson-Cartwright.
"The connection with NC State is through an assistant coach at my high school, Loyola," said Jackson-Cartwright. "Moose Bailey is an assistant at my school, and he knows coach Gottfried from when he played at UCLA. Moose and his brother, Toby, they both played at Loyola and UCLA and know coach Gottfried.
"Moose talks highly of coach Gottfried. He said he is a great guy and lets his players make plays. When I heard that I was ecstatic because I just like to play my game."
Jackson-Cartwright is a big-time talent. Rated the No. 4 point guard in the 2014 class, the 5-foot-9 standout is crafty attacking the basket and a willing passer who can create for teammates in the fullcourt or halfcourt sets.
"I'm different from a lot of point guards," he said. "I'm smaller, but I do what I do. I don't care too much about the scoring part, I just try to get in the lane and make plays for other people and score if I have to."
He already claims offers from programs such as Arizona, Arizona State, San Diego State, UCLA, NC State, and Georgetown among others.
"It's mostly been west coast teams," said Jackson-Cartwright. "I haven't heard from many on the east coast, mainly NC State and Georgetown. I'm not even sure how much location will matter. I'm looking for a big city to play in because I have to live there for four years."
What other factors are going to be important to Jackson-Cartwright?
"Academics will be big of course," he added. "I'm also looking for a family-oriented team with a good coach. I want to play in a good system... a place where I can play my game."
NC State certainly intrigues Jackson-Cartwright. He has had a chance to watch them in action on TV and has been impressed with the Wolfpack.
"The atmosphere at NC State is amazing," he said. "I watch ACC games and any ACC team that plays on TV I watch so I've seen them a lot. I saw them play at home against Maryland and their crowd was crazy. It's huge... like I said, the atmosphere is amazing.
"I've talked to the coaches some but I haven't had a chance to set up a visit yet. Maybe sometime soon we'll start to talk about a visit."
As is stands now, Jackson-Cartwright is in no rush to make a decision.
"I'm not in a hurry," he said. "I can't really say I have a leader. It's too early. I do have a couple of favorite schools that are kind of up there at the top, but it's still early for me."