Bryce Jackson makes it very clear academics are important to him and his future, and that’s evident from a quick glance at the Guyer safety’s football scholarship offer list.
It reads as a who’s who of the best academic institutions in the country, including Harvard and Cornell, but Jackson wanted something else those two programs can’t provide – big-time college football.
So when Northwestern stepped forward and offered the 6-1, 185-pound Jackson on Wednesday afternoon while he was visiting the school in Evanston, Ill., he quickly pulled the trigger and committed.
“I was just looking for a combination of big college football and great academics, and the Ivy League schools were missing the football,” Jackson said. “My top three was between them, Wake Forest and Duke, but Duke never offered me and I thought Northwestern felt like a better fit for me.”
Oral commitments are non-binding. The first day a Class of 2017 recruit can sign a national letter of intent is Feb. 1.
Jackson tied for the team lead with 120 tackles in helping lead Guyer to the Class 6A Region I final in December. He had 10 stops behind the line of scrimmage, nine pass breakups and tied for the team lead with four interceptions.
“With the offers he has it says a lot about his GPA, and his GPA on the field is just as good,” Guyer coach John Walsh said. “When you can pass defend and make tackles 2 yards past the line of scrimmage, it shows you can read your keys and that you’re very intelligent. That shows up from Bryce on the field.”