July 31, 2008

Jackson's trip to Michigan exceeded expectations

Three-star Seffner, Fla., athlete Mywan Jackson cleared his schedule so he could visit Michigan from Thursday through Tuesday. Anxiously anticipating the trip, he told TheWolverine.com today he loved every minute of it and has some good news to share …

"I don't have an official top five - we're going to Auburn tomorrow and I'll put one together after that - but Michigan is definitely at the top of that list," said Jackson, who also sports offers from the Tigers, Illinois, Rutgers, South Carolina and West Virginia among others. "I don't want to say they're No. 1 just yet because I've got this visit coming up but they're going to be hard to beat."

Upon arriving in Ann Arbor, Jackson took a tour of the facilities and Michigan Stadium. He repeatedly described the campus as "a beautiful place" and was pleased by the academic opportunities presented to U-M student-athletes. He didn't get a chance to step foot inside The Big House, but watched some of the construction and looked at rendered drawings.

"I want to come back for an official visit during the season so I can see The Big House in action," Jackson said. "It just looked so cool from the outside and I started imagining what it'd be like to be wearing the blue, playing down on that field."

Jackson, the 5-11, 169-pounder ranked the No. 80 prospect in Florida, was hosted by offensive line coach Greg Frey, whom he knew when Frey was at South Florida. He met all of Michigan's coaches with the exception of the big one, Rich Rodriguez. Even though the boss wasn't there, Jackson learned everything he needed to know.

"Coach Frey was awesome, he had me cracking up all the time, he introduced me to Mike Barwis and the defensive coordinator [Scott Shafer]," Jackson said. "Coach [Shafer] said his defense is all set up for me to come in and be a playmaker at cornerback. I don't have a preference, offense or defense, but that was really cool to hear."

Jackson isn't giving an exact timetable for when he might be willing to offer a commitment, though it could come next week following his visit to Auburn. He only knows that his trip to Michigan lived up to all of his expectations and the Maize and Blue are going to be difficult to beat in competition for his services.

"I could really see myself being at Michigan, playing at Michigan," Jackson said. "The entire experience was really topnotch. I can't wait to go back up there [for his official]."

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