Post-Commitment Reaction: Education Separates Michigan for 4-star APB Pledge Giles Jackson

Giles Jackson

Post-Commitment Reaction: Education Separates Michigan for 4-star APB Pledge Giles Jackson

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Post-Commitment Reaction: Education Separates Michigan for 4-star APB Pledge Giles Jackson

Giles Jackson was considering Oregon, Oregon State, Cal, USC and Michigan.

Now, it is over.

The Oakley (Calif.) Freedom 2019 four-star all-purpose back announced his commitment to join the Wolverines on Sept. 10.

“I picked Michigan because the great coaching staff and constant communication I had with them,” Jackson said. “They made me a priority.”

When looking at the Ducks, Beavers, Golden Bears, Trojans and Wolverines, the aspect that set Michigan apart for Jackson was the education. He plans to study sports management upon arriving in Ann Arbor.

“They have the best education around,” Jackson explained. “To have a degree from Michigan is huge.”

The main position coaches that recruited Jackson were receivers coach Jim McElwain and running backs coach Jay Harbaugh. However, it was the impact of coach Jim Harbaugh which helped seal the deal.

“He recruited me hard the whole time,” Jackson said of Harbaugh.

Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch 2019 four-star pro-style quarterback Cade McNamara committed to Michigan on March 16. McNamara and Jackson are on the same Adidas 7-on-7 team.

“He’s always talked about Michigan and how we should be together again. We talked on the phone about the amazing facilities and how all the coaches are really focused on their players. He said we would be an amazing duo and Michigan is the right place to get to the next level.”

After months of player-to-player recruitment, McNamara’s goal of playing with Jackson at the next level finally came true.

In 2017, he rushed for 1,586 yards and 22 touchdowns and caught 21 passes for 324 yards and five scores. Jackson is a two-way threat for the Falcons but is primarily being recruited to play on offense in college.

“Michigan wants to use me as a slot type of guy and in the return game,” Jackson said. “They just want to get me the ball in space.”

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound all-purpose back is ranked No. 362 in the nation, No. 5 at his position and No. 45 in California, according to 247Sports Composite.

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