Jackson enjoys the atmosphere in the Swamp on Saturday

On Saturday night, the Florida Gators had several prospects in attendance to watch them shut out UT-Martin in the home opener.

2021 defensive end Shambre Jackson (6-6, 260, Orlando, FL. Boone) was in attendance and enjoyed the game.

“It was a good visit,” Jackson said of his visit to Florida on Saturday. “During the visit I ate some food and I met some players that I met from camp at Florida. I sat next to the endzone and enjoyed the game.”

This was the first visit to the Swamp for a game for Jackson and he liked the energy that the fans created on Saturday night.

“The atmosphere was amazing,” he said of the Swamp. “I loved it and the game was amazing on both sides of the ball. They played well.”

After the game was over, Jackson had the chance to talk to several of Florida’s support staff members who had a message for him.

“I talked to Coach [David] Cooper and Coach [Keiwan] Rat,” Jackson said on the coaches he talked to on Saturday. “They just said I’m a good player and that they like me.”

The Gators coaching staff also explained to Jackson where the defensive end would fit into Florida’s defense if he chooses Gainesville for college.

“They said I will be a good defensive end/outside linebacker that rushes in their defense,” he said on where Florida sees him playing. “I would like it, I think I fit that position because their defensive line is very good.”

Jackson already has an offer from the Gators and he says he grew up watching Florida play when Dan Mullen was in Gainesville.

“I like Florida,” Jackson said of his interest in Florida. “It’s a very good school and I have to keep all of my options open though. I liked Tim Tebow when I was younger and I liked watching them play.”

The Gators aren’t the only school recruiting Jackson hard right now as several other big name programs after the defensive end.

“Tennessee, FSU, UCF, Clemson, Florida, Michigan State, Louisville, Kentucky and a few others,” he said on other schools recruiting him hard. “I have some more visits coming.”

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.