March 28, 2011

Jackson explains his decision

About a month ago Northside tight end Dakota Jackson attended a junior day in Blacksburg and he picked up an offer from the Hokies just a couple of days later. He knew right away where he wanted to spend his college years.

While Jackson was convinced Virginia Tech was the school for him he waited until Saturday night to verbally commit to the Hokies.

"On Saturday night I told coach (Bryan) Stinespring," Jackson said. "I committed right there over the phone."

Jackson has always thought very highly of the Hokies but the junior day really made it clear to him that there was only one place he wanted to be at.

"I knew where I wanted to go ever since the junior day. Everything up there was just great. It's exactly what I was looking for in a college. When that offer came that Monday I pretty much knew that was going to be the school I'd go to," he said.

"Tech is just a great academic place so I'm not just going there for athletics. The engineering program there is top 25 in the nation and that's what I'm looking to study in college.

"It's just a perfect fit for me. It's 35 minutes from my house so it's close to home but not too close. Blacksburg is just a great fit."

The Hokies are bringing Jackson on board as a tight end, and he has established himself as one of the state's top prospects at that position.

Who else was involved with the 6-foot-4, 245-pound prospect?

"I talked to Maryland and UConn about a week ago and they were both about to the point where they were ready to offer," he explained.

"I just had to send my tape up to them. Those were the three main schools that kept in the most contact with me over the past two weeks."

Jackson said his commitment to Tech is solid. He is the fifth prospect to verbal to the Hokies.

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