November 13, 2013

Jackson's Big Day

During his recruitment, Justin Jackson kept a small circle of trust when it came to discussing his feelings throughout the process. It was his family, some important people in his life and God.

For those who covered his recruitment, he was friendly, accessible and courteous. He kept his thoughts close to the vest, so many media outlets had to follow his actions more so that his words.

His actions led him to commit to North Carolina.

On Wednesday, the 6-8 senior forward from Houston will invite those same people in his inner circle back to take part in his signing day festivities.

"We are having a get-together with my team and some people that have been really important to me in my life," said Jackson. "And then I will sign."

Jackson tells TarHeelIllustrated that he will sign the document and scan it back to the UNC athletic office. He will also send the actual document via FedEx back to Chapel Hill as well, so that the basketball office will have the original.

Jackson seemed content and sure of his commitment to The University of North Carolina, just as he always has. He reaffirms that he's never had a second thought about looking elsewhere. He's had UNC in his heart all along.

"I think, for me, when I verbally committed, I never once had a thought about backing out. So it's felt official since then. But signing it will be a great time and it will be special to spend it with all of those people."

Jackson, who has had a superb spring and summer on the AAU circuit as a veteran member of the Houston Hoops program, is now widely considered a nationally top 10 prospect in the country by just about all recruiting services, including Rivals.com. He's a long, skilled and is a tremendously efficient forward who has an exceptional feel for the game.

He's a virtual lock to be a McDonalds All-American in his class.

As good as he is on the court though, Jackson hopes to build his legacy at UNC by following his faith and letting everything come after that. He hopes that UNC fans know him as a man who serves God.

"I'm a Christian who lives it out everyday and every time I step onto the court, I give my all, no matter what. Everything else just falls into place after that," he added.

With Jackson giving it his all, UNC fans can expect to see a lot fall into place. Especially his shots.


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