After an impressive visit to Boston College last week, the bar was set even higher this weekend at Louisville for defensive end Jamar Jackson. The Richmond (Va.) Varina prospect was expecting a lot and wouldn't be disappointed from the Cardinals.
"It was a great visit," he said. "Everything about the trip was great. I checked out the academics and they are good and I enjoyed the whole city a lot.
"I got up there around nine on Saturday morning. Once I got there, they gave me a tour of the campus and then I talked to an academic person and went to the game. After the game, I spent a lot of time with my host Craig James. He was great. I was able to ask him questions about why he went there and he told me everyone there was cool. He went on to say that the school really wants to win and the coaches make you better which was good to hear."
While on the visit, the four-star prospect spent time with a few of the coaches.
"I got to talk with coach Johnson and he was great. He showed me everything about my position if I went there," he said. "Then I talked to coach Petrino. He was really nice. It was nice to talk to him in person after texting for so long. He told me that he's recruiting players that can play and not redshirt. That was great to hear because I'd love an opportunity to play early."
Of course the trip wouldn't have been complete without the big win by the Cardinals over Miami.
"The game was great and they came out with a lot of intensity and wouldn't let up," he stated. "The fans were great too and they were in it the whole game. On the field, I liked the way the linebackers ran to the ball and the way they hit since that's what I'd play if I go there."
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder rated his trip to Louisville a perfect 10.
"The visit was a ten because it was wonderful. I felt really comfortable there," he said. "I would say Louisville is right up there with Boston College. That visit was great too and both of those trips are going to make my decision that much harder. I can honestly say that neither trip was better than the other."
This week Jackson heads down to Raleigh and North Carolina State.
"I'm going to be looking to see some of the same thing I liked out of the last two visits in this one," he said. "I want to see my chances of playing early. I want to see the players they have there and the academics."
Meanwhile, Jackson still hasn't scheduled a visit to Clemson, but he does have an idea when it will be.
"I know I'm going to be going there sometime in October."