Florida Gators visit Colorado commit Justin Jackson during the bye week

Last week during the bye week, the Florida Gators coaching staff visited several prospects and watched their games from the sideline.

One prospect that Florida visited and has kept in touch with is Colorado defensive end commit Justin Jackson (6-3, 285, Olive Branch, MS. Northwest Mississippi JUCO) who says defensive line coach David Turner has been talking to him.

“They have been recruiting me pretty hard,” Jackson said of Florida’s recruitment of him. “Coach Turner has told me that they’re not recruiting me to stand around, they’re recruiting me to come in and play.”

Turner was the coach who visited Jackson at his game on Thursday and the defensive end was glad to see the Gators on the sidelines.

“It was such an honor to have Florida coming to see me in general,” he said of the feeling of having Turner at his JUCO game. “I’m very excited to see where this goes with Florida but this is such a blessing to have them come to see me play.”

Jackson and Turner have been building a relationship the last few months and the Colorado commit believes in what Turner is telling him.

“Coach Turner is really a cool guy,” Jackson said of his relationship with Turner. “I really do believe that he will help me get to where I want to be in my life and I also think that Coach Turner is an amazing person.”

The Gators haven’t officially offered Jackson yet but Turner explained how that offer could come about.

“They have talked to me about it,” he said on a potential offer. “Coach Turner told me that I will talk to Coach Dan Mullen about it when I visit them. I’m taking my official to Florida on November 30th.”

If the Gators were to offer Jackson, the defensive end says he would highly consider Florida because they were a dream school growing up for him.

“Florida has been my dream school because of their culture,” Jackson said of his interest in Florida. “It would be something big for me to get an offer. Growing up I’ve always wanted big things in my life and that was to be able to play football for Florida so I would consider them.”



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 Rivals.com, 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.