Rivals250 wide receiver Richard Jackson out of Clermont (Fla.) East Ridge took his second official visit of the season to Georgia Tech this past weekend. The 6-foot-2, 195-pounder was there to witness the Yellow Jackets last second loss to North Carolina State. What did Jackson think of his visit?
"I liked my visit a lot. I liked how when you're on campus you can't tell you're in Atlanta. I also like how the players were cool and that they threw the ball a lot," he said. "I got there on Thursday at 10 or 11 in the morning and then went to team meetings, I met coach Brian Jean-Mary and he showed me the weight room, players lounge and locker room. After that I met up with my host Calvin Johnson. He was really cool to hang out with and he told me that they throw the ball between 30 and 40 times a game. He also said the receivers have a lot fun here, but also work really hard. I liked listening to him because he's already proven himself and you want to hear what he has to say.
"Then I went to the game and saw the players warm-up. On Friday, I had breakfast with coach Jean-Mary and did the academic stuff and met with coach Gailey. That went really good. Then at night I went out to dinner at the Capital Grill and hung out with Calvin some more before leaving on Saturday."
A big part of Jackson's trip to Georgia Tech was the Thursday night game.
"It was a really good game and I was expecting them to run the ball, but even though they lost I respect the fact that they had enough faith in their receivers to throw the ball at the 2-yard line," he said. "The atmosphere at the game was really cool and fans cheered my name. I really liked that a lot. On the field, I saw that they have a lot of good receivers, so that's nice to see too."
Overall the four-star receiver rated his trip a 9.5.
"It would have been a 10 if they won the game and it didn't rain or drizzle the whole time I was there," he said. "I'd say now they are amongst my top schools, but I have no leader at this point.
"In comparison to the Pittsburgh trip last month, I liked Georgia Tech better because I only got to spend a day at Pitt while I was in Atlanta for a full recruiting visit with a lot more time."
Next weekend Jackson heads up to Notre Dame for his third official visit.
"I'm hoping to see them throw the ball a lot," he said. "I've seen them throw some this year, but I want to see more. Beyond that, I want to have a good time and take it all in."