The Ohio State Buckeyes picked up a wide receiver tonight with the commitment of Grand Ledge [Mi] star James Jackson. Jackson, one of the top wideouts in the country, told head coach Jim Tressel of his decision moments ago. Bill Greene talked with Jackson and filed this report.
James Jackson, Grand Ledge [Mi], became the 14th commitment for Ohio State tonight when he notified Buckeye head coach Jim Tressel of his decision.
"I have committed to Ohio State," Jackson stated tonight. "I called coach Tressel today and made it official. Coach Tressel was ecstatic to hear from me. Ohio State is the best place to play in the country. I have a great feeling that this is the right place for me. I love the coaches and so did my parents. I just know there's no way I could do better than Ohio State."
Jackson, 5-foot-11 and 175-pounds, brings blazing speed to the wide receiver position, evidenced by a reported 4.31 forty yard dash time. Jackson attended the Ohio State spring game and came away impressed.
"I loved everything about the spring game," he said. "The atmosphere was unbelievable. Truthfully, I love everything about Ohio State. To me there's no place like it. Committing to them was an easy decision."
Jackson admitted the relationships he has formed with the Ohio State coaching staff was a big factor in his choosing the Buckeyes.
"I have a great relationship with coach [Darrell] Hazell," Jackson stressed. "He seems like a very honest man and a coach that can get the most out of me. I also feel great to be able to play for Jim Tressel. I consider coach Tressel to be the best coach in the country. He's done great things at Ohio State. I hope to be a part of a lot more."
Finally Jackson spoke about the idea of some day catching passes from incoming freshman quarterback Terrelle Pryor.
"Of course Terrelle Pryor being there had an effect on me," Jackson said. "I wanted to choose a school that has a great quarterback and he's the best. Terrelle Pryor played a huge role in me committing to Ohio State. Everything about being a Buckeye is a dream come true."