ESPN 150 ATH J.C. Jackson commits to UF
June, 8, 2013
By Derek Tyson | ESPN.com
GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- ESPN 150 athlete J.C. Jackson committed to Florida during a visit to the team's summer camp on Saturday, less than a week after decommitting from Florida State.
Jackson, who is ranked No. 48 overall in the nation, picked the Gators over offers from Clemson, Ohio State and Tennessee. His pledge caps what was an extended flirtation with UF, as Jackson made multiple visits to Gainesville while he was an FSU commit and wore Gator gear to the IMG Southeast Regional 7-on-7 Championships in April.
Jackson said the opportunity to play in the SEC is what ultimately led to his decision.
Derek Tyson/ESPN.comFlorida sees J.C. Jackson as a cornerback. The No. 48 player in the ESPN 150, Jackson is also the No. 4-rated athlete in the Class of 2014.
"It was my best option, so I just went ahead and committed," Jackson said. "They were telling me the same things they have told me but I just felt it was time to do it. They sent a defensive back to the league, Matt Elam, and they have a lot of defensive backs in the leage that came from Florida."
The former FSU commit said Florida fans can rest easy -- he claims his pledge to Florida is rock solid.
"It is very solid commit," Jackson said. "I'm going to stick with the Gators. I was committed to Florida State for a while and I thought I was going to go there, too. But with Florida, I'm going to stick with Florida. I'm not going nowhere else. It's the SEC, the best. I have a chance to probably start if I come here and work."
Jackson, said Florida coaches Will Muschamp, D.J. Durkin and Travaris Robinson were ecstatic to learn of his commitment.
"They started yelling and got happy," he said. "Muschamp, T-Rob, Durkin ... they were all happy."
In the 6-foot, 185-pound Jackson, the Gators will get a standout athlete they see as a cornerback at the next level.
"I'm going to come here and work," he said, "and try to win a national championship."
Jackson is commit No. 9 in Florida's Class of 2014, joining RB Dalvin Cook, QB Will Grier and DT Anthony Moten as ESPN 150 pledges.
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