GARFIELD HEIGHTS, Ohio -- One of the most athletic players in Northeast Ohio is Garfield Heights junior Willie Jackson. Against Medina this past Saturday, he defended 7-foot center and Michigan commit Jon Teske and hauled in 20 rebounds.
Jackson consistently needs to guard a team's best player on defense and make big shots on offense. Along with Frankie Hughes and Branden Johnson (Alabama State commit), the Bulldogs have three Divsion I-caliber players in their lineup.
Here, Jackson spoke about the recruiting process:
Name: Willie Jackson.
School: Garfield Heights.
College offers: Akron, Bowling Green, Buffalo, Cleveland State, Iowa State, La Salle, Miami (Ohio), Minnesota, Old Dominion, Penn State, SMU, Toledo, Wisconsin, Wright State.
How has the recruiting process been?
It's pretty crazy. I get texts all day and in the middle of a night saying how bad a school wants me or to keep working on getting better.
What do you look for in a school?
My major is important to me. I want to study criminal justice.
Why do colleges say they are interested in you?
They like the way I play and my heart. I don't just do one thing. They like the all-around game.
What do colleges say that you need to work on?
They want me to just get better. They say I have everything, and I need to just get better and get my skill level up.
What do you remember about getting your first offer?
It came from Wisconsin. Everyone was praising me. I didn't know much about the recruiting process. I had just been working, and I wanted to keep working.
When you are on a campus visit, what do you pay attention to?
I look at what they do in the weight room, how hard they work at practice and how they get help with their schoolwork.
Who will help you make this decision?
My coaches and my mom will help me decide what to do.
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