Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast defensive athlete Joseph Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 210-pound prospect capable of playing in the defensive secondary or as a linebacker, made a decision on Monday evening to pledge his services to a Big East school.
"I committed to West Virginia tonight," Jackson said. "West Virginia sticks out a lot to me. Besides having a great recruiter that I had, West Virginia stuck out because I have a former teammate, K.J. (Kenneth Myers), who has signed his letter-of-intent with them and he was telling me about everything they have going on there and what it is like. I just loved what I heard about the University, the coaching staff, and the players that are there."
For Jackson, who holds double-digit offers, it wasn't a difficult choice.
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"It was a decision I was happy to make," Jackson said.
He informed his primary recruiter, Mountaineers' running backs coach Robert Gillespie, but not before struggling to get a hold of him.
"I just called him and he didn't pick up, so I left a message saying that I wanted to catch up with him for a second and had something to tell him," Jackson said. "I told him it was a life-changing moment."
About five minutes later, the two of them were able to catch up with one another.
"It was like he was on the edge of his seat about what I was going to tell him," Jackson said. "As soon as I came out and told him I wanted to be a Mountaineer, he actually hung up the phone by accident. I called him back and you could hear him jumping around. He was overwhelmed about it, excited about it."
For Jackson, the Florida talent on the roster is appealing and he likes that he will know some players up there such as Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian product Andrew Buie, as well as Myers.
"It is a great opportunity," Jackson said. "I am not alone up there. There are people there that I can relate to already. That is just a great feeling."
As for his role when he steps on campus, it is likely as a hybrid in the defensive secondary.
"They play that 3-3-5 defense and he was saying that since I am so versatile I can play a lot of positions but for them I am between a safety and a nickel," Jackson said.
Jackson, who has yet to visit West Virginia, hopes to make it up to Morgantown during his spring break, but if not then, then he will visit during the summer.
At this time, he says his commitment is solid.
"I guess my status would be I am a solid commitment and I don't look for anything to change but I will always keep my eyes open," Jackson said.