Tavyn Jackson hasn’t graduated from high school yet, but he’s already thinking about life after his football career at South Carolina.
Jackson, a cornerback and 3-star commitment, plans to major in electrical engineering when he arrives to South Carolina for good later this summer.
During his official visit last weekend, Jackson met with Maria Hickman, the school’s senior associate athletics director for academics and student development, to map out his first few steps in the classroom.
“Ms. Maria, she kind of spoke on what my schedule would look like for the first year,” Jackson said. “She actually already had it printed out, so she was like, ‘This would be your schedule for the first year.’
“(When) I come in June, I’ll only take one full class, which would probably be a math class, so it probably won’t be too hectic going into fall camp. They’ve kind of planned everything out for me.”
Jackson, from Rickards High in Tallahassee, Fla., is intrigued by the thought of making a living off one of his interests.
“I’ve always liked phones, tablets, computers, software based on electrical objects or products itself,” he said. “To be able to actually make them and create the systems that helps them operate, it interests me. It piqued my interest, so I just want to take up that field.”
Saying hello at South Carolina
The No. 91-ranked cornerback in the class of 2017, Jackson also spent plenty of time with his future teammates and coaches, including South Carolina defensive coordinator Travaris Robinson.
Among the topics of conversation with Robinson was the status of 4-star commitment Jamyest Williams, who Jackson befriended since they hopped on board in the Gamecocks’ 2017 recruiting class.
“At this point, it’s too late in recruiting to kind of focus on that,” Jackson said when asked if he tries to help convince Williams to stick with his commitment.
“If he goes and flips to Georgia, then so be it, but I feel like he’s pretty strong.”
At one point, Jackson wasn’t sure how strong his commitment to South Carolina was, though that was firmed up last month.
Next: National Signing Day
Jackson will sign with South Carolina in two weeks. He’s even more sure of it after hanging out with Gamecocks defensive backs Steven Montac and Jamarcus King, who served as his host for the weekend.
Like Montac did during his first season in 2016, Jackson could end up playing multiple positions for the Gamecocks.
“Coach T-Rob and I spoke about how my first, primary position would be corner, but I could end up playing nickel and safety,” Jackson said, “(We) kind of went over a few plays. He showed me some film of the USF game, told me the dos and don’ts.
“Just speaking and telling – they were honest and realistic with me, saying you come in and everybody thinks it’s a piece of cake. It’s going to be really tough, and I kind of realize that, so they just kind of gave me the truth beyond it.”
That’s just what he wanted to hear.
“I appreciate it. I don’t want any false hope or fake love,” Jackson said. “They actually told me fall camp, spring, during the season — the process of how it affects you, the time. They told me that the guys you come in with this year, you’re really going to need them, because they’re going to be your motivation.”
Coach Will Muschamp was “realistic” during his conversations with Jackson.
“He was like, ‘You have an opportunity to come in and start when we get out of fall camp, but that’s up to you.’ I just appreciate the realistic object of it,” Jackson said.
In the meantime, Jackson is focused on his final few months of high school, during which he’ll spend plenty of time on the track and in the weight room.
“I think everybody wants to start, but I feel like getting down there and understand the process … before saying, I want to play (early),” he said. “I’m not saying I don’t want to (start), but sometimes you might not be mentally prepared or physically prepared.
“I feel like I wouldn’t know now. Once I get down there, get a feel of things and just keep moving forward from that point on.”
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