Despite having an official visit coming up to national runner up Illinois, three-star 2006 prospect Albert Jackson made a commitment today to play in the SEC. The 6-foot-10, 245-pound center from Hopkins County Cental High School in Earlington, Ky., felt like he was back home with his family while visiting the school recently.
"I committed to Georgia while at school today," said Jackson. "I liked the atmosphere and everything down there. Everything just seemed to fit me and was just perfect. I can't really describe it, but I knew right away that this is the place for me."
Jackson also considered Illinois, Xavier, Michigan State and Tennessee, all of which had offered. He has officially visited Xavier and unofficial visited the other three schools, but none of those schools had that family feel like Georgia.
"I just felt better," he said about his Georgia visit. "It felt like I was around family when I was with the players and the coaches.
"I have a chance to start as a freshman, and Coach Felton is where I'm from in western Kentucky. Western Kentucky is just forty minutes from my home."
In fact, Coach Felton first started recruiting Jackson while he was at Western Kentucky.
"Coach Felton first noticed me in the eighth grade because I was 6-foot-6 then and pretty athletic," said Jackson. "Then he followed me my ninth grade year and kept recruiting me when he went to Georgia."
Jackson had a fantastic junior season this year, averaging 17 points and 11 rebounds. Much more impressive is his breaking of the state blocked shot record by averaging 8 blocks per game.
He will play again this summer for the Eddie Ford Hoop Stars, but this weekend he will play for the Midstate Ballerz in the Real Deal on the Hill. In his first game Friday night Jackson will match up against Greg Oden and the Indy Spiece Heat.