Illinois #1 With Georgia DB After Visit

Zach Jackson (Scout)

The Fighting Illini football team received an unofficial visit from a Georgia defensive back recently, and results sound promising. Zach Jackson says the Illini are number one right now, and he hopes to make a decision in the near future.

Snellville, Georgia, safety Zach Jackson visited Illinois a couple days ago. He came away with a positive impression of the school.

"It was very good. I really enjoyed my time there. We came up there on Thursday. We were there until Friday."

His time was filled with activity.

"We took a campus tour with Coach (Ron) West, and then a lady up there showed us around the facilities and things like that. I checked out Champaign that night.

"The next morning, I got to check out the entering freshmen during workouts. I got a chance to check out the equipment rooms and locker rooms and visit with the players a little bit."

The 5'-11", 180 pounder also spent time with Ron Zook, which proved fruitful.

"Me and my dad were talking with Coach Zook for awhile. He said he liked me, and he said my chances of playing as a freshman there were very high. That made me feel real good."

An extra bonus for Jackson was a chance to visit with his cousin, Illini tight end Evan Wilson.

"Evan and I have a good relationship. We are like brothers. He took care of me when I was up there."

It appears the Illini made a strong impression on Jackson.

"I like what Illinois has to offer me athletically, academically and socially. Overall, it was a real good visit."

He does have another visit coming up. Brookwood teammate Nick Tompkins has committed to Michigan State, and he plans to check it out.

"I'm supposed to be going to Michigan State sometime soon. I'm not sure when."

Will he be making a college decision before the fall season?

"I'll be making my decision real soon. But Illinois right now is my #1."

Besides being a standout safety, Jackson appears to be a leader.

"I was fortunate to be named a team captain. It's an honor, and I take it real seriously."

He has high hopes for the fall.

"Yes sir, I can't wait. This is my chance. I've been working real hard over the summer. We can't accept anything but a state championship."

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