Varsity Preps

2015 North Marion LB Offered by Canes, Noles

2015 LB De’Amontae Jackson (6’0, 250, 4.5/40) of North Marion High in Florida boasts early offers from Miami and Florida St. He reports he’s hearing frequently from other programs as well. “It’s a long list, but I’m talking to FloridaFIU, FAUUCFUSF, and Duke.”

Jackson camped at Miami Sunday and spoke about his experience on campus. “It was fun. Coral Gables is a great city and UM has good people around the program. They had a ton of tremendous athletes at the camp, we competed against other, and I had a great time,” he said. “The coaches were cool and laid back, reminded me of the coaches we have at North Marion. They were teaching us a lot of new techniques, were pressing us to do better in drills.”

North Marion’s stud middle linebacker will hit the road next week to check out another Florida program. “I’m visiting FSU, we have a 7-on-7 tournament in Tallahassee, so me and my teammates will get to tour campus and see the facilities.”

He has a family connection to the FSU program. “My cousin, PJ Williams, is on the team.”

Jackson told Varsity Preps about his summer plans. “I’ll attend camp again at MiamiFlorida St.FloridaGeorgia, and South Carolina.”

When selecting a program to play for, the rising junior is looking for the best possible fit. “I’m looking for a family environment and I want to be familiar with the program I choose,” he said. “I’m looking for a great campus in an area that I can enjoy, and the coaching staff that’s in place will have a lot to do in determining my final choice.”

A versatile player, Jackson reports he’ll line up at several positions this fall including fullback and slot receiver. He shared what he feels makes him an attractive prospect. “I’m physical, I love to hit people and I enjoy making plays. I feel playing linebacker comes natural.”

Earning his first two offers from UM and FSU came as a surprise, but only because the offers came his way earlier than he expected. “I was excited, it’s a big opportunity for me to be offered by UM and FSU. I have two years left of high school football to play, but I worked hard and hopefully I’ll earn a few more.”

Jackson listed his favorites currently. “I like MiamiFlorida St., FloridaGeorgia, and South Carolina right now,” he explained. “Florida St. is one of my top schools. I grew up rooting for them. I’ve only gotten the chance to visit Florida once, but I really liked UF’s campus and the environment in Gainesville.”

With verbal offers on the table, Jackson said he does have a time frame already in mind to make his college choice. “I want to be committed between the end my junior season and start of my senior year.”

— Michael Bradley



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