Jackson and her mom, Carol, dropped in on North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech and South Carolina. Three of the four, South Carolina being the exception, have offered the 5-foot-9 rising senior, who averaged a team-high 15.4 points last season at Riverdale and made a team-high 54 three-pointers. Wake Forest and Georgia Tech offered during her visits.
“All July I’ll be busy playing AAU with Boo Williams, so I just wanted to get those four in before July,” Jackson said. ” I just got a feel for all different things so I know now more what I’m looking for.
“I definitely feel much more confident [about the recruiting process] because going down there also gave them a better feel for me and my mom and we were able to get a better feel for them. They also liked that we did that. It showed that I was interested.”
Jackson’s top five among schools that have extended scholarship offers are N.C. State, Georgia Tech, St. John’s, Wake Forest and Virginia Tech. She has visited all five. Her brother, Brian, attends St. John’s.
Jackson, who plans to study sports broadcasting or journalism, intends to trim her list to three by the end of July and take her official visits in August. Playing in AAU tournaments in Florida and Tennessee and elsewhere next month could attract more offers, but Jackson, an all-tournament selection at the Nike Tournament of Champions in December, said she is unlikely to entertain any of those.
“I basically know what I’m looking for,” she said. “If people haven’t expressed to me that they want me at this point, I feel like that’s kind of a fall-back plan if you wait until July.”