Immokalee's Jackson officially a Gator
Published: Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 6:23 p.m.
Last Modified: Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 6:23 p.m.
Less than a week after decommitting from Florida State, Immokalee athlete J.C. Jackson is officially a Gator.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder pledged to Florida following the Will Muschamp Football Camp on Saturday, which was his fifth trip to Gainesville.
“It was my best option, so I just went ahead and committed,” Jackson said. “It's very solid. I'm going to stick with the Gators.”
Jackson selected the Seminoles, who recruited him at receiver, in March of 2012 but began wavering this February. After UF's Junior Day, he named the Gators his leader despite being committed to FSU.
Jackson visited Florida two more times prior to this weekend and was seen twice by defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson in last month's evaluation period.
The UF coaches wanted Jackson as a cornerback, his preferred position, and his relationship with them ultimately won him over.
"They started yelling and got happy," he said of the staff's reaction. “It was nice.”
The Gators now have nine verbal commitments in their 2014 class, including four ESPN150 members with the addition of Jackson.