Auburn and Ohio State still lead for 4-star DL
Antwuan Jackson is a lock to play in this year’s U.S. Army All-American Bowl in San Antonio, Texas.
Where he’ll end up playing out his college career, though, remains unknown.
But after the 4-star defensive tackle was presented his Army All-American jersey in front of a packed gymnasium at Cedar Grove High School on Tuesday, he caught up with the AJC’s SECCountry.com. According to Jackson, nothing has changed — Ohio State and Auburn remain his co-leaders.
“I just have the best opportunity to play early (at Auburn and Ohio State),” Jackson told the AJC’s SECCountry.com.
The 6-foot-2, 285-pound tackle, who has reported 42 offers, plans to release a list of finalists sometime soon. Jackson conceded that UGA is his No. 3 program, but it’s unknown who else he’s considering.
But it would appear that both Auburn and Ohio State have a distinct advantage. Jackson says he’s developed a strong relationship with both programs’ defensive line coaches, Auburn’s Rodney Garner in particular.
“He’s been there since my ninth grade year,” Jackson said. “He’s been recruiting me ever since he was at Georgia. He’s been recruiting me the whole time.”
Jackson confirmed to the AJC’s SECCountry.com that he’ll unofficially visit Auburn this weekend with his father, Antwuan Jackson, Sr. The two have visited the campus before, and Jackson, Sr. says his son is close to the program.
“Auburn has a nice campus, a nice program and great coaches,” Jackson, Sr. told the AJC’s SECCountry.com. “He really loves Auburn.”
Jackson’s last unofficial visit was to UGA this past weekend for it’s 52-20 win over South Carolina. He’ll visit again when UGA hosts Alabama on Oct. 3.
As for his official visits, Jackson says he’ll determine those when he releases his top five or six in the coming weeks.
Jackson is rated as the No. 7 player in Georgia.