Vero Beach (Fla.) offensive lineman Marcus Jackson, who has been committed to Miami since February, first heard the rumors and then the official word, that Randy Shannon had been dismissed by the University of Miami. He wasn't floored by the latest development in Coral Gables.
"I heard the rumors going around so it didn't really shock me that much because it hadn't really been a good season overall," Jackson said. "The loss to USF must have pushed it over the top. It wasn't surprising that it happened. It just feels like a lot of bad things are happening to UM right now. It is in a bit of chaos."
Prior to Saturday's news, Jackson had already been looking around at other options and trying to determine if Miami was indeed the right fit for him. He talked about where that commitment stands with the change of leadership for the 'Canes.
"I am going to wait and see now," Jackson said. "My commitment is pretty soft right now. I have to watch and see what happens to the coaching staff and see who they hire. I have to see if I like the coaching staff they hire."
The 6-foot-2, 310-pound offensive lineman said that the moment that the news became official, that his phone immediately began to blow up with contact from numerous different schools.
"I don't know who was the first to call me, but a lot did," Jackson said. "I stayed up late last night so when I woke up around 12 or 1 o'clock I had a lot of missed calls from schools showing interest."
One call he did take today was from a member of the Miami coaching staff.
"Coach (Aubrey) Hill called me to see how things were going," Jackson said. "He just told me what he thinks I should do and asked what my status was and everything."
While Miami remains in consideration, Jackson's first two official visits have been elsewhere and he said he fully intends to take the remaining three visits over the next month. Jackson's recruitment is accelerated due in part to his plans to enroll early at the school of his choice.
"I have been to Tennessee and Michigan State," Jackson said. "I don't know right now who else I am going to visit. I have to plan them out. I know I have a short time to take them."
"I am keeping up regularly with Tennessee, Michigan State, Florida, and Florida State," Jackson added.
The three-star offensive lineman was asked how he will handle the remainder of his recruitment over the next month.
"I am going to allow it to play out and see how things work out," Jackson said. "I have to see how I like the new coaching staff there."