Jackson Thinks UCF Might be the One

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Brian Jackson is a heralded three-star cornerback from Hoover H.S. in Alabama. His tenacity at the corner position has earned him interest from several big time programs from across the nation, including UCF. Find out what he told InsideKnights.com about his decision.

Jackson visited UCF earlier this summer and currently feels that the Knights might be the best fit for him.

With offers from Oregon, Oklahoma St., Tulane, Miami (OH) and UCF, Brian Jackson certainly has some options. The cornerback from Hoover, Alabama, says he plans on visiting Oregon, Oklahoma St., and Tulane this upcoming season, but he has already seen UCF and was impressed, as he will likely be back for a second look.

"I'm definitely going to come back and take another look at the school," said Jackson, one of the best corners in the region. "I was really impressed with my visit. I saw some condos there and I really liked how the city looked, it was very different from Hoover. Everything is real close for players so right after practice you can stay on campus and chill or go somewhere in Orlando. I just felt real comfortable there."

Jackson had nothing but positive things to say about his visit and the program, and even mentioned that he nearly committed to UCF some time back.

"I'm just taking my time through this process," Jackson told InsideKnights.com. "I was once actually real close to committing to UCF, I really like it. I felt it was too early to commit and wanted to give it some more thought. I didn't feel like signing my life away that quickly, I wanted to keep some options open."

Despite not committing to UCF earlier this year, Jackson still feels that UCF has as much, if not more to offer than any other school and considers the Knights one of his top choices.

"UCF, Oregon, and Oklahoma St. are all towards the top. More schools like Tulane are coming at me hard too and I like Tulane quite a bit as well. It's really a toss up right now."

The Knights are towards the top of Jackson's list right now for several reasons, namely location and playing time, two factors that Jackson said would weigh heavily into his decision.

"UCF has a real good draw. With their starting secondary graduating after this season, I'll have the chance to play early."

Jackson also has a great relationship with Coach Geoff Collins.

"He's real cool, I like him a lot, and we can talk about anything."

As one of the most physical corners in the southeast, Jackson has garnered plenty of interest and rightfully so.

"I move to the football fast and pride myself on playing fast and physical. I would say I can work on man coverage a little bit, but everyone could always improve there. I also try to constantly improve my footwork."

Jackson is the teammate of fellow cornerback and UCF recruit Pat Miller, who is also ranked three-stars and names UCF as his favorite.

"We talk about wanting to go to the same place. He tries to influence me and playing with him would be great, but if push comes to shove and we both had different schools that we really liked I wouldn't make the decision based on that.

With the recruiting process just heating up, Jackson says he will take his time to make a decision.

"I'm trying to find the right place to fit, I don't want to carry this into the football season but I don't want to rush anything either."

With so many options, Jackson won't come to any hasty decisions, but the allure of UCF and the possibility of helping the program out is something Jackson will have a difficult time passing up.

"They are a good team and are getting better. If I go over there, I want to be part of the process in helping UCF turn into something big."


Brendan Sonnone is a senior writer for InsideKnights.com, covering the UCF Knights for Scout.com. Feel free to contact him -HERE- with questions or comments.

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