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Rivals250 DE back from FSU, down to two

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Four-star defensive end Jamar Jackson took his fifth and final official visit this past weekend to Tallahassee. The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder out of Richmond (Va.) Varina had a good trip to Florida State.
"The visit was great," he said. "I had a really good time, talked to the players and coaches and enjoyed myself.
"I got there around one on Saturday and first did all the academic stuff. Then I went to the game and saw how the team reacted to the loss. After that, I hung out with my host, Lawrence Timmons and Xavier Lee a bit. I talked to Lawrence a lot and got all my questions answered about why they chose Florida State and how the team is very young and will be good in a couple years."
Of course the highlight of most trips is the game and for Jackson it was no different even though Florida State lost 30-0 to Wake Forest.
"They didn't play really well in the game, but I did watch Lawrence out on the field," he said. "I like how they don't play big defensive ends and I could really see myself fitting in well there.
"I also liked the atmosphere at the beginning of the game. It was great and really loud. Everybody went crazy and the stadium was packed until it rained and then everybody started to clear out. Finally, it was good to see the team's reaction to the loss. They acted really down afterwards like every team, but then picked it right up and looked forward to next week. They acted as a family and didn't dwell on the loss."
Before leaving on Sunday, the Rivals250 prospect met with a few of the Seminole coaches including Jody Allen, John Lilly and Bobby Bowden.
"I talked to coach Allen and Lilly first and my time with them was great. Coach Lilly is a great person that is funny and coach Allen tells terrific stories. They both are good people to be around," he said. "Then I talked to coach Bowden for a bit. It was great speaking with him and I got all my questions answered about how he feels about me coming up there."
Despite the loss, Jackson still had a great trip to Florida State.
"It was a great visit and I couldn't find anything wrong with it," he said. "Once I got back, I talked to my parents and had a long conversation to discuss the pros and cons of every school. I decided I'm down to Boston College and Florida State.
"I chose Boston College because they were my first official and treated me really well down there. I got along great with the coaches and they treated me with open arms. The same can be said for Florida State."
As for a decision, Jackson confirmed he plans to decide soon.
"It'll be sometime in the next couple weeks, if not next week."
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