Three-star linebacker Derek Jackson took an unofficial visit over the weekend to his lone Division I offer, Purdue. Following the visit, is the 6-foot-0, 213-pounder out of Glen Allen (Va.) Deep Run any closer to a commitment?
"I'm close to a decision right now," he said. "I know Purdue is on top and I'm really impressed with everything they have. They are a good academic and athletic school and I got to talk to my position coach, coach Hagen about the defense they run there and how I fit in.
"I also got to take an academic tour and then checked out the basketball courts, weight room which they are still renovating. To finish up the day, I watched some film from last year when they played Northwestern, Notre Dame and Maryland."
What did Jackson think of his position coach?
"He was a really nice guy and we got along," he said. "A lot of the stuff he was telling me made sense and overall I was impressed with the visit. I kept having thoughts about committing, but right now it's a wait and see to find out what else happens this summer. They are on top though."
What is next for the No. 56 linebacker in the nation?
"I'm not going to take any more visits this summer, instead I'm just going to train and get ready for the season," he said. "As for a timetable, I previously wanted to decide after my officials. Now I guess I'll decide right before the season or after I take an official to Purdue."
Meanwhile, Jackson continues to hear from other schools.
"Clemson is talking to me a bit as is Northwestern and Syracuse," he said. "All of their coaches are waiting for my senior tape or want to see me before making a decision on an offer."