Three-star defensive end Jamar Jackson out of Richmond (Va.) Varina joined fellow teammate Bud Tribbey on a visit up to Syracuse this past weekend. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder had a good visit to New York.
"I had a real good time and really liked it there," he said. "I especially liked the way the coaches handled everything. It was very well organized and I got to see the area, campus, facilities and meet the entire coaching staff. I really liked seeing the Carrier Dome. That was probably the highlight of the trip. I loved the way it's designed since there isn't a bad seat in the place. I also liked seeing the history of great players that went there including Art Monk, Jim Brown and others."
The coaches made a big impact on the No. 12 player in the Commonwealth.
"I was very happy to see the head coach, Greg Robinson," he said. "I really liked that he's a straight up guy and handles his program very well. I also was impressed with the linebacker coach, Steve Russ. He talked to me about how he really liked my film and the way I play. He went on to say that he was very interested in me."
Though Tribbey came away from the visit naming Syracuse his leader, Jackson wouldn't go that far.
"I'd say they are in my top five, but I want to take a few more visits," he said. "I'd say Syracuse is up there along with Virginia Tech, Boston College, North Carolina State and Louisville. I think all the schools are pretty even right now."
As for a decision, that won't be for a couple months according to Jackson.
"I haven't scheduled any official visits yet, but I'm looking to take all of them in September to get it over with early," he said. "Then once I'm done with those I'll come back and probably be able to decide closer to midseason around the end of September or October."