UF adds OL Jackson as commit No. 22 

August, 3, 2012
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MOULTRIE, Ga. -- The Gators received their sixth commitment in eight days, as three-star Moultrie (Ga.) Colquitt County offensive lineman Octavius Jackson committed to the Gators on Friday. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound tackle prospect chose Florida over offers from USF, Vanderbilt, Kentucky, UCF and Marshall.

Octavius Jackson
Derek Tyson/ESPN.comOctavius Jackson is a three-star offensive guard, rated No. 27 in the nation at his position.
"The deciding factor was my family. I would rather be close so my family can see me play, rather than far away where they won't get a chance to see me," Jackson said. "It's only two hours away, so my family can come see my games if they want to. It's only a two-hour drive. It's not like it's 10 hours. So I can come home for Thanksgiving and Christmas if I want to. And there's nothing like having your family to support you during your four years of college."

Jackson, a relative newcomer to Florida's recruiting board, says the Gators can expect a "hard-working, intelligent player that's not afraid to throw his body."

He also said the joy over his decision was shared by the Gator coaching staff.

"The coaches were excited," Jackson said. "They were really excited. I could tell in their voices how happy they were for me. Coach [Brian] White is a great man and a great coach. He definitely helped with my decision to go to Florida."

Colquitt County head coach Rush Probst said Jackson has a chance to be a special player on the next level, but what sets him apart is what Jackson is like off the field.

"As a person, I think he's outstanding," Probst said. "He lives with me about half the time. He's wonderful, he babysits my three young children. We trust him enough to do that, and he's responsible enough to do that. He's an outstanding kid. He's like a son to me.

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