It's starting to look like Jesup (Ga.) Wayne County lineman Tre Jackson may wait until after national signing day to pick a school.
"He's still gathering information from a lot of places," Wayne County coach Jody Grooms said.
Until last week, the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder was a Georgia Tech commit. But that offer was pulled after Jackson decided to visit Florida State. Meantime, several other schools - Alabama, Florida, Miami and North Carolina State - also have entered the picture, adding further complexity to the situation. All apparently are recruiting Jackson as an offensive lineman.
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"I think it's going to come down to who's got what availability, and what's going to be the best fit for him," Grooms said.
According to Grooms, Jackson enjoyed his weekend trip to FSU.
"The visit was outstanding," Grooms said. "I think he's probably just as impressed with them as they are with him. They do a good job there. Coach [Jimbo Fisher] has a strong staff. The kid was kind of blown away. They'd take him and sign him on signing day. But they have a numbers crunch like a lot of good programs are having. I think FSU is sitting there, and it probably has got two or three spots left. He's probably No. 4 on that thing."
Grooms said a few college coaches have discussed the possibility of Jackson grayshirting. He didn't specify which ones.
"Some schools are looking at the grayshirt deal," Grooms said. "Some have the August deal. What we want to do is get in on one of those August deals. Probably one or two have talked about a grayshirt. Trey is really not interested in that right now. Tre wants to start with everyone else. Florida has got some room, Miami has got some room, N.C. State has some room. FSU and Alabama have room today. It depends on how some other things go together."
While there was great uncertainty Monday about Jackson's future, Grooms expects the picture to become more clear during the next few days.
"On national signing day, most will go ahead and tip their hand and they'll know exactly what they've got," Grooms said. "A couple schools are supposed to call us tonight. Then Tre will have a better idea."
The possibility still exists for Jackson to take more visits. In the meantime, as he waits for the dust to settle, he is trying to find out as much as he can about the schools on his radar from teammates and others.
"The biggest thing I hope doesn't get lost in this is that this is a good, quiet, bashful kid," Grooms said. "This is real overwhelming for him."