Miami (Fla.) Jackson produced two top-level Division I signees in the 2011 class, with defensive back Robenson Therezie heading to Auburn and offensive lineman Ruben Carter heading to Florida State. That trend should continue in the 2012 class with 5-foot-10, 183-pound wide receiver DeAndre Jasper.
This past week, Jasper picked up his first two offers.
"UCF and Florida State offered me," Jasper said. "It was very exciting. It is a free education, that is the main thing, and it is a good thing for those to be my first offers, from good schools like that."
Jasper talked a bit about receiving the offers from each school and what the coaches he spoke to had to tell him about his role in their offense.
"I spoke with Coach (David) Kelly (at UCF)," Jasper said. "He said I would fit in good down there. He said he liked the way I catch the ball. He said that he liked me as a receiver, period."
"I called and talked with Coach (James) Coley at Florida State and he gave me the news," Jasper said. "He just said that they were watching my film, the whole coaching staff was, and they like my film and my speed."
Each school will have a former member of the Jackson roster on their squad next season, as offensive lineman Ruben Carter will be a freshman at Florida State and offensive lineman Renato Cunha will be a sophomore at Central Florida.
Jasper will hit the road later this month to take in his first Junior Day visit.
"I am going to Florida State on the 19th for a visit," Jasper said.
With the recruiting process just beginning for Jasper, he is in no rush to name a leader.
"It is really too early for that," Jasper said.
As a junior, Jasper recorded more than 500 yards on 25 receptions and scored six touchdowns. As a sophomore, he had 37 receptions for 634 yards and 10 touchdowns.