The Opening Finals proved to be a huge recruiting opportunity for the Wolverines.
3-star APB Giles Jackson feels love from Michigan commits at The Opening Finals
Cade McNamara, DJ Turner and Eric Gray recruited Giles Jackson to Michigan at The Opening Finals.
From June 30 to July 5, top prospects from around the nation attended The Opening Finals in Frisco, Texas. One of those players was Oakley (Calif.) Freedom 2019 three-star all-purpose back Giles Jackson.
During his time at The Opening Finals, he bonded most with three Michigan commits – Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch 2019 four-star pro-style quarterback Cade McNamara, Memphis (Tenn.) Lausanne Collegiate School four-star all-purpose back Eric Gray and Suwanee (Ga.) North Gwinnett three-star cornerback DJ Turner II.
“It was great meeting all them,” Jackson said. “We just re-connected at The Opening Finals when we had free time. I met all of them on my visit the week before and we all got along really well.
“We were just talking about how we liked Michigan and the football program and how we could bring a National Championship if we all came.”
Besides McNamara, who Jackson knows from playing on his Adidas 7-on-7 team, the three-star from California bonded most with Gray.
Gray committed to Michigan on July 1, which was the second day of The Opening Finals.
“We chatted a lot through the trip,” Jackson said of Gray. “He just said that we would be playing in front of over 110,000 people and that we could win a championship with Michigan’s 2019 class.”
The most influential thing about meeting back up with the Michigan commits was the bond ignited immediately.
“We all connected right away and just started chatting about football,” Jackson said.
Since putting Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State and USC in his top 4 on June 28, the 5-foot-8, 175-pound running back picked up a scholarship opportunity from Florida on July 4.
“The Florida offer is huge and it definitely adds to my top list.”
Jackson is clearly interested but is not yet sure if he will take an official visit to see the Gators. He will officially visit Oregon and Oregon State in the last week of July and make a college decision in August.
Another player Jackson met up with at The Opening Finals was Orange (Calif.) Lutheran 2019 four-star wide receiver Kyle Ford, who also is highly considering the Wolverines.
“We just met at The Opening Finals, but he’s really cool,” Jackson said.
Jackson and Ford are both considering three of the same schools – Michigan, Oregon and USC.
Jackson is ranked No. 729 in the nation, No. 8 at his position and No. 74 in the state of California, according to the 247Sports Composite.