Varina DE/LB prospect Jamar Jackson saw his stock rise throughout the May evaluation period and into the summer. The 6-4, 220-pound received scholarship offers from schools including Boston College, Louisville, N.C. State and Virginia Tech, among others. Now, he has set his first official visit.
"He has set an official visit to Boston College. I believe it's for the Clemson game," said Varina offensive coordinator Blanda Wolfe. "The visit will take place on the weekend of September 9th."
Boston College is one of three programs seemingly at the top of Jackson's list right now.
"I think Boston College, N.C. State and Virginia Tech are really his top three," Wolfe said. "I think all three schools are about even right now. He talks about them a lot. I think Louisville is also in the running and he also said something about Clemson yesterday."
As for the other official visit spots, Wolfe says "Jamar is definitely going to take official visits to N.C. State and Virginia Tech. The other two spots are open. I know he was talking to Louisville about going there for the Kentucky game, but I'm not sure if that's set."
Jackson made an unofficial visit to Syracuse this past weekend. He enjoyed it, but it may not be enough for the Orange.
"He said he really loved it," Wolfe said of Jackson's Syracuse experience. "They have new facilities and he really liked it. I don't know if he'll take an official visit there, though. The other schools are in the ACC, so his family could still come to see him play."
Jackson will be deliberate in his decision making process, so don't expect a decision any time soon. Look for the Blue Devil standout to make at least three official visits and as many as all five.
"He's a very intelligent kid who really wants to see everything," Wolfe said. "I think he's going to look hard to find what's best for him. He's going to go where he feels he fits in."
Jackson has added 20 pounds since the end of last season and has kept his athleticism, a big factor in why his stock has risen so much this off-season. The talented athlete played safety last season for Varina but will primarily play outside linebacker on defense this season.
"He's playing outside linebacker now, but he will play down in some situations," Wolfe said. "He's also our starting tight end right now. He's playing well."
Jackson is being recruited as a defensive end or outside linebacker by most schools on the next level.