Antwuan Jackson is fresh off his fourth and final official visit of the year, and the 4-star defensive tackle is still wrestling with his decision just days before he is set to announce.
He will decide between Auburn, Ohio State, Florida and UGA at Cedar Grove High School (Ga.) on Thursday, and Jackson says he continues to seek advice from his parents in the days leading up to his decision.
Ultimately, it’s going to come down to how comfortable he is with the school.
“If I get injured my freshman year and I can’t play another down in life, I have to picture myself being at that school for the rest of my four years,” Jackson told SEC Country. “Basically, I have to love the school and the people there.”
Jackson has seen it all. He’s officially visited Ohio State (Nov. 21), Florida (Nov. 28) and Auburn (Dec. 11). He’s taken in visits from Urban Meyer, Kirby Smart and Gus Malzahn in recent days.
Simply put: Jackson has had his fair share of exposure.
He provided brief breakdowns of the schools he’s considering below.
- Ohio State: “I love the coaches and the people there. When I say it’s different, it’s different. Coaching-wise. It’s a different place. Everything is different. But it’s a great place.”
Per 247Sports.com, the Buckeyes are considered a favorite to land Jackson’s signature. Ohio State was the first program to receive an official visit from the defensive tackle. Urban Meyer, defensive line coach Larry Johnson and the recently hired Greg Schiano have each had face-time with Jackson in the last week.
- Auburn: “I love the coaches and I love the community. I just have a good feeling being there.”
Despite departures from Will Muschamp and Travaris Robinson, Jackson is still seriously considering the Tigers. Rodney Garner has been his primary recruiter since joining the Auburn staff and he even began recruiting Jackson as a freshman during his time at Georgia. The Tigers are considered a favorite to secure his commitment, per 247Sports.com
- Florida: “They’re different in how they coach and who they are on and off the field. (Coach Jim McElwain) came from Alabama. It’s kind of a Florida-Alabama thing.”
Jackson took an official visit to Florida last month and came away impressed with the culture created by one-time Alabama coach Jim McElwain.
- UGA: “(Kirby and I) just have a connection and I have a connection with the other coaches also.”
Smart made a last-minute, in-home visit with Jackson on Sunday just hours before the recruiting dead period. Smart was Jackson’s lead recruiter during his time at Alabama and the two have grown relatively close. Jackson maintained the Bulldogs still have a shot to land his signature.