Defensive back Ja’Keem Jackson commits to the Florida Gators

The Florida Gators have started a huge next few days in recruiting on Thursday when they picked up a big in-state commitment.

Defensive back Ja’Keem Jackson (6-1, 180, Kissimmee, FL. Osceola) committed to Florida over Auburn and Tennessee on Thursday.

Jackson said that Corey Raymond was one of the primary reasons for his commitment to the Gators.

“He got a very good resume of producing DB’s. We stay connected almost everyday. He got a really strong relationship with my parents,” Jackson said.

Jackson picked up an offer from the Gators during the spring and he has been talking to two coaches from Florida regularly.

“I’ve been talking with Coach Raymond and Coach [Patrick] Toney,” Jackson said on the coaches who are recruiting him for Florida. “He [Raymond] likes how I play especially my ball skills and my speed. He liked what he has seen at my practice and wants me to play on the outside for him.”

The defensive back is also eager to play for defensive backs coach Corey Raymond who has a long history of success at Jackson’s position.

“He’s coached Derek Stingley, Patrick Peterson, and them guys,” he said on what he likes about Corey Raymond’s history. “I look at it like he has developed some good players and put them in the NFL and my goal is to make it to the NFL.”

Now that Jackson has committed to the Gators, he’s the 13th commit of the Class of 2023 and the 11th commits from the state of Florida.



Andrew Spivey
Andrew always knew he wanted to be involved with sports in some capacity. He began by coaching high school football for six years before deciding to pursue a career in journalism. While coaching, he was a part of two state semifinal teams in the state of Alabama. Given his past coaching experience, he figured covering recruiting would be a perfect fit. He began his career as an intern for, covering University of Florida football recruiting. After interning with Rivals for six months, he joined the Gator Country family as a recruiting analyst. Andrew enjoys spending his free time on the golf course and watching his beloved Atlanta Braves. Follow him on Twitter at @AndrewSpiveyGC.