UGA recruiting: Decision Day has finally arrived for 4-star WR Kearis Jackson
Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The recruiting focus for Saturday turns to Fort Valley in Middle Georgia. That’s the home of 4-star WR target Kearis Jackson.
Time for Kearis Jackson’s decision
Kearis Jackson makes his college decision known on Saturday afternoon. Will it be Alabama or Georgia?
Jackson should share his decision with the world sometime after 4 p.m. He’ll be the special guest at a party at his grandparent’s residence. That home carries special meaning to him. He basically grew up there.
If he chooses Georgia, then it would provide a big exclamation point to a big week of decisions for the Bulldogs.
- Elijah Moore, a 4-star receiver from South Florida, chose UGA on Tuesday and became the second-highest rated recruit in the 2018 class.
- Azeez Ojulari, a 4-star DE/OLB from Marietta, Ga., chose UGA on Thursday and then became the second-highest recruit in the 2018 class.
- If Jackson chooses the Bulldogs and makes it 3-for-3 this week, then he would also become the second-highest rated recruit in the class.
If Jackson bolts from the state and chooses Alabama, then that is a major loss. The Peach County product has been the No. 1 target at receiver for the Bulldogs dating back to his junior season.
The Under Armour All-American selection will make his decision today sometime after 4 p.m. from that party.
What comes to mind today about Kearis Jackson
When a recruit gets this close to his announcement, I try to dig through my files. This brings to mind the first interview I had with Kearis Jackson.
That was on April 25, 2016. I’d seen him and spoken to him before but my first real interview came that day.
It was the day he got his offer from Georgia. Western Kentucky, if my facts are right, was first. Barely.
Mark Richt and his Miami Hurricanes were second. The Bulldogs were his third offer and it came a few days after the rousing show put on by Jacob Eason at G-Day.
Jackson liked that. He liked that the Bulldogs showed they could throw the ball around that day.
The interview was wedged chronologically after a few significant recruits. I had already taken my second trip up to Laurinburg, NC to see 5-star 2018 commit Zamir White that week.
I was also still heavily involved in the reporting on the Demetrius Robertson recruiting decision. Robertson, also the No. 1 receiver target for UGA at that time, eventually took his talents to Cal.
I also spoke to Alabama standout Nico Collins that week. Collins wound up at Michigan in the Class of 2017.
He was already thinking about majoring in electrical engineering or physical therapy. It was important to him that UGA had one of those levels in engineering he was looking for.
Jackson had the chance to speak with Georgia coach Kirby Smart the day he got that offer. Smart had called Peach County coach Chad Campbell.
Campbell relayed the word to Jackson to call Smart, but let that offer part be a surprise for that specific conversation.
The 5-foot-11.5, 205-pounder was already thinking big picture. Even then.
“I am probably going to make my decision right before my senior year,” Jackson said way back in April of 2016.
Good for him. He’s held true to that.
What stands out to me about Kearis Jackson?
It has to be the fact that he sprinted for the track team at Peach County, but also threw the shot and discus. He started training in his field events during his freshman year.
Why was the fast kid also throwing the shot put back then? That’s a pretty good story.
Jackson sustained a leg injury that kept him out of the starting blocks that season but still wanted to contribute. He couldn’t run yet. Jackson wasn’t that far enough along in his rehab.
He found his way to contribute to the team with the discus and the shot put.
He’s also very fast. Jackson has clocked a 10.7 electronic time in the 100 meters, but he’s also been a state contender in both the discus and shot put as a freshman, sophomore and a junior.
Jackson would end up winning the state championship this year in the shot put. That’s a remarkable feat for a 4-star receiver that I will probably never see happen again.
The Peach County standout will enroll early at either Alabama or Georgia in January of 2018.
Did you see?
SEC Country produced another highlight reel of 5-star QB Justin Fields after his first game against East Paulding. Fields and his Hoyas led 28-0 at the half en route to a runaway 44-14 victory.
Fields was responsible for six touchdowns. His first highlight reel play on a long broken field run for the first score and another long pass for that 14-0 lead.
— Jeff Sentell (@jeffsentell) August 18, 2017
The nation’s No. 1 overall prospect (247Sports) had four touchdown passes and two long scoring runs in the victory.
Moore also celebrated his recent commitment to Georgia with his best game for St. Thomas Aquinas on Thursday night. He was also involved in a long scoring play.
— Jay Wimbrow (@jaywimbrow) August 18, 2017
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