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Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Jackson gets a good impression from new staff

By Corey Dowlar

Arshad Jackson (Lovejoy, Ga./Lovejoy), an undeclared tight end prospect, was in Tallahassee over the weekend to reacquaint himself with the Seminoles football program. And in a lot of ways, it was like hitting the reset button.

A handful of assistants, both offensive and defensive, have left for other opportunities since his last visit in December. And one of those includes Dameyune Craig, his primary recruiter.

Now that Billy Napier is on staff, the Colorado State import will take over those duties.

"It was cool, it was fun," Jackson said of his visit. "It was a good experience to meet the coaches, especially the new coaches.

"My new coach is Coach Napier from Colorado State. They seem humble and they seem like they really care about the program. Most of these coaches, they came from another school where that school was a good program. They really care about the program."

Jackson said he enjoyed hanging out with the other prospects, like his close friend Davin Bellamy (Chamblee, Ga./Chamblee), and current players. James Wilder Jr., a rising junior running back, was one he mentioned specifically.

But being at FSU coach Jimbo Fisher's house took the cake.

"I was with Coach Fisher and Coach Napier the whole week," Jackson said. "It was awesome that he invited us to his house and that was cool. It says a lot about somebody that they will bring me to their own home. That says a lot to me."

Now just two schools are in the mix for his signature. Auburn, the school Jackson used to be committed to, is out.

"Florida State is right there because I have been there before," he said. "Ole Miss, too. Those two are at the top. Since the new coach at Auburn got there, I haven't even talked to them. The head coach, I mean."