Four-star defensive end Jamar Jackson concluded his decision today after a tumultuous recruiting process that saw him take all five visits. Coming into the day, the Richmond (Va.) Varina star was down to Florida State and Virginia Tech. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder ended things early this afternoon by committing to the Seminoles.
"I've decided to attend Florida State," he said during a press conference at school. "I told coach Lilly and Bobby Bowden this morning about my decision and they were really proud of me committing."
The Rivals250 prospect discussed a few reasons why he decided to head to Tallahassee instead of stay in-state.
"Mainly it came down to my parents," he said. "They felt more comfortable with Florida State and coach Bowden. He's a great coach to meet and a wonderful personality. That really stood out to all of us because he came to my house.
"Aside from that, I really like the tradition they have there. I of course noticed they didn't have the best season this year, but that doesn't bother me. They'll turn it around. I also like the opportunity I'll have to go onto the pros."
As far as playing time, Jackson believes he'll get a shot immediately.
"The coaches told me if I work hard, I'll get a chance to play outside linebacker or defensive end right away."
Varina's head coach Blanda Wolfe talked about what kind of player the 'Noles are getting.
"Jamar has that frame to put on a lot of weight and he can keep good speed to play linebacker," he said. "In just the past year he's gained 25-pounds and he's worked hard in the offseason and I believe will continue to do so for Florida State."
The No. 6 weakside defensive end had a final note to say to Seminole fans.
"Just tell them I'm coming and will be ready to play."