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Top-100 WR Dannis Jackson enjoys Florida
Nathan Pickering wasn’t the only top-100 overall recruit from Mississippi on Florida’s campus last weekend.
The Gators also hosted 4-star receiver Dannis Jackson (Sumrall, Miss.), who made the eight-hour drive with Pickering from the Magnolia State. It was Jackson’s first-ever visit to Gainesville.
“I liked it down here. This was my first time coming down,” Jackson told SEC Country. “I mean, it’s Florida. Everybody likes Florida. They have nice facilities. They showed me the academic center where I’ll be studying. It was all really nice.”
The highlight of Jackson’s trip was the inaugural Great Gator Grill-Out, which recruits raved about following the event on Saturday. Jackson took part in some of the games and enjoyed his interactions with the coaching staff.
“It was nice playing the limbo game. I did that. That kind of stuff is fun to do. The water balloons, too,” Jackson said. “It was just a nice, family atmosphere. It felt like I was at a cookout and that means a lot.
“I like when coaches don’t pressure you. Just show what you have to offer. That’s how it should be and that’s what they did. … I want to come back and see the game-day atmosphere, maybe for an official.”
— JET JACKSON⚡️ (@DannisjJackson) May 20, 2018
The 6-foot-1, 180-pound pass catcher spent time with area recruiter Greg Knox during his visit and said he got to know him better. Wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales was evaluating recruits in South Florida and couldn’t be at the barbecue, but still made time to communicate with Jackson.
“I didn’t get to talk to my position coach, but maybe next time I’ll get to. He still FaceTimed me and talked to me since he wasn’t able to be here,” Jackson said of Gonzales, who recruited him last year to Mississippi State. “I’ve already talked to him before when he was at State and our relationship is about the same. He’s a good guy.”
Jackson is ranked the nation’s No. 16 wide receiver and No. 95 overall prospect by 247Sports. He plans to visit Arkansas and Texas next and said the schools pursuing him hardest are Ole Miss and Mississippi State.
“The in-state schools are always going to recruit you hard. They stay in touch every day almost,” said Jackson, who plans to make his decision at the Under Armour All-America Game in January. “I haven’t actually sat down and thought about narrowing it down and getting rid of schools. I haven’t done that yet.”
5-star RB Trey Sanders talks Gators
The nation’s No. 1 running back, Trey Sanders, is still hearing daily about the Gators from his older brother, Umstead Sanders.
The junior college linebacker joins the Florida football program this summer as a preferred walk-on and many feel his 5-star sibling will follow him to Gainesville. Over the weekend, DawgNation’s Jeff Sentell asked Sanders about speculation that the Gators staff recruited his older brother as a ploy to sign him.
“First of all, for me, I know my brother is going to ball out at Florida,” he said. “He is just that type of player. He feeds off negativity and things like that. I wasn’t the reason why they picked him up. They watched his film and they loved him right away.
“He talks to me every day about going to Florida, too. But I feel like at the end of the day we just have to do what is best for us. If Florida is the best thing for me, then it is the best thing. But until then, I still have to make that decision and figure that out. I’m going to just enjoy my recruitment.”
Sanders said his mother, a lifelong Gators fan, admittedly wants him to go to Florida, but his parents will support whatever decision he makes.
“At the end of the day, I’m going to have to do what is the best thing for me,” Sanders said. “That’s my mom. She is always going to love me no matter what. I feel like she just wants what is the best for both of her sons. Whatever that may be. … My dad wants the same thing for us. My parents just really tell us that they both want us to be successful in life.”
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