JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - Joseph Jackson, an outside linebacker from Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast, has been committed to West Virginia for nearly seven months. Throughout that span, his position on that commitment has remained consistent in that he is 'soft' to the Mountaineers and will check out some others.
"I am a verbal commitment and nothing is 100 percent, but I would say I am around 75 percent," Jackson said. "I like West Virginia a lot."
Jackson remains in regular contact with an assistant on the staff in Morgantown.
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"I am still talking to Coach (Robert) Gillespie a lot," Jackson said. "He is really influencing me, telling me what is good and what is possible. He gives me a lot of good feedback. He plays a big part in why I like them so much."
He has yet to hit the road for any visits, but has a strong desire to see the school he pledged to during the spring.
"I still haven't been to West Virginia," Jackson said. "That is my top priority, to get up there for a visit."
At this stage, the 6-foot-1, 210-pound three-star prospect is looking at two schools beyond the one he is committed to.
"It is mainly Georgia, North Carolina, and West Virginia," Jackson said.
His first official visit will be at the end of October.
"I have scheduled a trip to North Carolina in two weeks," Jackson said. "That is my first official.
"I will definitely visit all three," Jackson added.
At the next level, Jackson could remain at outside linebacker or possibly be used as a strong safety.