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Jackson impressed by NC State official

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Rivals250 linebacker Jamar Jackson out of Richmond (Va.) Varina made his third of four consecutive visits over the weekend. This time the 6-foot-4, 225-pounder headed to North Carolina State to witness the Wolfpack's stunning last second win over Boston College.
"The visit went really well," he said. "I had been there twice before to see the facilities and campus. It was nice to see a game. That was the main reason for the visit.
"The game was great. I liked the way NC State came back and never quit over the course of the game. It was nice to see both teams place since I'm looking at both and it was a good game. The atmosphere was very exciting, but overall I focused on my position and what I'd be playing. They are looking at me to be an outside linebacker and I watched the way they moved to the ball and drop into coverage. I liked the scheme and the fact they are in need of linebackers."
Besides the game, Jackson visited the school with his parents.
"We arrived at about 9:30 in the morning on Saturday," he said. "When we first got there, we had breakfast at the hotel and then my parents and I touched the school. They hadn't seen it before and it was nice to let them check it out.
"During the visit, I also spent time with my host, Alan Michael-Cash. It was great because he used to play at Varina. I asked him a lot of questions about the school and a typical day in the life of a football player. The thing that stood out was how they are a family there. They hung out after the game and I liked that a lot."
Of course, the No. 28 weakside defensive end in the country spent time with the coaches too.
"I spent most of my time with my recruiter, Steve Dunlap," he said. "We mainly looked at film and he talked about what I'd play if I go there and more. I also talked to coach Amato. It was great talking to him and getting to know him better."
The visit was yet another difficult one for Jackson.
"I can't see anything wrong with the trip to NC State," he said. "All my visits have been great and this one is going to make it harder to make my decision."
Next up for the No. 12 player in the Commonwealth is a trip to Virginia Tech this Saturday when they face Georgia Tech.
Meanwhile, Jackson is close to planning his final visit to Clemson which will be sometime in mid-October. He then expects to decide by the end of October.
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