DL Tre Jackson lands scholarship offer from Georgia Tech

When Tre Jackson went down with a knee injury before the season even started last year, the big defensive lineman has often wondered if his hopes of playing big-time college football went down with him.

Jackson missed all of last season at Wayne County with a torn ACL, and recruiting since then had been excruciatingly quiet.

But as Jackson started making some noise on the football field as a senior, so have the recruiting pitches been turned up. Finally, this week, Jackson heard the sound he wanted to hear. Georgia Tech offered him a scholarship Sunday afternoon.

“I’m really happy about it,” said Jackson, a 6-foot-5, 290-pound senior who plays defensive end in high school. “That’s the first one. It feels good.”

So good that Jackson is going to head up to The Flats this weekend to check it out. The Yellow Jackets are playing host to Virginia for Homecoming. Nevertheless, Jackson said he’s not going to leap at this first offer.

Jackson said he is hearing regularly from Clemson, Georgia, Georgia Southern, Georgia State and Middle Tennessee State, among others. And he’s always been interested in Auburn and Tennessee.

Sooner or later he hopes to hear from them all and visit at least a few of them.

“Right now I’m pretty open,” said Jackson, who attended a Georgia game earlier this year. “I want to explore all my options.”

At least now he has some.


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UGA the 8th

October 6th, 2010
1:07 pm

Who cares. UGA is gonna win the 2011 BCS championship anyway.


October 6th, 2010
1:22 pm

@ UGA the 8th, Is this a Georgia Tech post as a joke? HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA


October 6th, 2010
1:32 pm

God knows we need some big men on the DL. Hope you enjoy your time in Atlanta on Saturday and the Jackets put on a nice show for you.


October 6th, 2010
1:44 pm

Interesting that all 3 of the Big 3 utilize a 3-4. He’d find playing time at Georgia State and have a head coach who understands the meaning of discipline.

Good luck to him and hopefully he makes the best choice for him and his family.

Tech Fan Since 1950

October 6th, 2010
1:46 pm

Thank you Chip for the update!


October 6th, 2010
2:00 pm

Ga State is finding a way to steal the players off the GT team who are penalized for graduating on time and unable to get into graduate school or rep tape holds them up until they become ineligible. This should be the primary concern for the Ga Tech program at the moment. These kids did not sign up to play 3 years at GT and one yr somewhere else and Ga State should not be standing there with their hands out. The ciriculum graduate programs need to be addressed and GT fans need to do just that with the GT president. I am so not kidding.


October 6th, 2010
2:01 pm

curriculum, sorry


October 6th, 2010
2:25 pm

Actually, this is a win-win for both schools. NCAA scholarships are primarily to allow kids to get undergraduate degrees. The “fifth year” was actually created so kids with borderline academic records could have an extra year to catch up, not so better students could get their master’s degree. So, if a kid has gotten his B.S. from Georgia Tech and is not a starter or a key cog to the program, why not let him go to GSU, get his master’s degree on their time, really help out an FCS program, and free up a scholarship for GT in the next recruiting class? GT doesn’t need 5th year backups in graduate school taking up scholarships, ok?

Ramblin Man

October 6th, 2010
2:28 pm

um gerald did you mean to be commenting on the Gilbert/yandall story


October 6th, 2010
3:02 pm

We need some meat in the trenches, and it could mean early playing time! Sounds like a perfect fit to go along with the perfect option.


October 6th, 2010
5:00 pm


So you’re saying that a institute of higher learning should sacrifice entrance requirements to a school for the betterment of a football team? You sir, represent the attitute that leads to America becomming dumber by the day, and one of the primary reasons why countries like China and India are whooping our butts economically and educationally.

Keep up the good work.


October 6th, 2010
5:02 pm

Getting the first scholarship offer out to a worried player.
Now that’s a first that could actually make a difference.


October 6th, 2010
5:08 pm

It is one thing to drop standards for someone applying as an undergraduate.
But finding a place for a football player who graduates in 3 years while spending a lot of time on football is a totally different matter.
Accepting a graduate to the Masters program of the same school has caused the fall of America?


October 6th, 2010
5:12 pm

Besides everyone already knows it was Playboy magazine that destroyed this country. (kiding)

Georgia Sports Scene

October 6th, 2010
5:19 pm

Big 3? Oh, you must mean FSU, UF, and Miami. You know, cus Georgia doesn’t have a Big 3.


October 6th, 2010
5:25 pm

Before I got sidetracked, I was saying I am glad Tre is considering us and I hope his visit goes well.

5150 P.O.A.D

October 6th, 2010
5:37 pm

Congrats on the offer young man. Please look at the numbers and look at what type of college experience you want and what schools will get you a future even without sports.
Here are some fun #s for you fans in the south. This is about Diversity at Southern Colleges and “Going PRO in something other than Sports.” If you have a child looking for a college consider some of thes #s and what your money or scholarship will get your student/athlete or student.

%White %Other %Black NFL NBA
Miami (ACC) 44 48 8 41 2
Duke (ACC) 55 35 10 2 14
Maryland (ACC) 57 30 13 27 3
UVa (ACC) 63 29 8 21 1
Vandy (SEC) 63 28 9 10 1
Florida (SEC) 64 26 10 34 9
BC (ACC) 65 29 6 18 3
Ga Tech (ACC) 66 27 7 24 7
UNC (ACC) 71 18 11 24 13
USC (SEC) 71 16 13 18 1
Va Tech (ACC) 72 24 4 21
FSU (ACC) 72 17 11 27 2
NCSU (ACC) 79 12 9 16 2
LSU (SEC) 79 11 10 39 6
MISS (SEC) 79 7 14 21
MISS St (SEC) 79 7 14 15 1
UGA (SEC) 81 13 6 38 2
Clemson (SEC) 81 11 8 18
Arkansas (SEC) 82 13 5 14 4
Wake Forest (ACC) 82 11 7 14 6
Alabama (SEC) 82 6 12 25 3
Tenn (SEC) 84 7 9 37 2
Auburn (SEC) 85 6 9 29 1
Kentucky (SEC) 86 8 6 11 9

I know M Bradley will not like the numbers but also understand the demographics of the states makes for more White students ove Black or Others. I do see that the SEC works hard to educate the white population more than the ACC. Your child will have to work in a diverse world so chose a college that fits your Student Child needs. Your child will be going PRO in something other than Sports.


October 6th, 2010
5:37 pm

UGA the 8th….being a Dawg fan myself, I hope you are correct. But popping off now at this point in the season makes you look a little foolish. My advice, take a deep breath and wait about 12 mons.


October 6th, 2010
9:29 pm

By Big 3 in the state of Georgia you must have meant Tech, UGA and Ga. Southern. You know the programs that have won national championships. Ga. State can start talking in a few years when they actually get a meaningful win.

The Supreme Authority

October 6th, 2010
9:30 pm

Tre, if you got a scholarship offer from Georgia Tech, you have something that hordes of high schoolers would die for.


October 6th, 2010
9:31 pm

And Ga. Southern does not run a 3-4, but they are first overall in the SoCon in total defense. State has a nice little team but you have a LONG way to go to match the success of Ga. Southern at the FCS level.


October 6th, 2010
9:52 pm

LOL, I saw in the previous thread that Bama is going to get Clowney. Clowney is going to play for USCe. I’m almost convinced Spurrier tells these kids to hold off to build excitement on NSD like Lattimore did. Bama is so loaded at DE they are going to lose ‘12 DE/OLB Chris Casher (hopefully to FSU), and he grew up in the shadow of the university in T-town. C’mon man….


October 6th, 2010
10:54 pm

I am not sure about what is going on with the dawgs but I do know we are
GEORGIA! and we are 1-4.

Delbert D.

October 6th, 2010
11:12 pm

Jackson’s size is prototype DE in the 3-4.

Delbert D.

October 6th, 2010
11:24 pm

Unbelievable – The “problem” of course as you know with Gilbert and Yandell is that they graduated in 3 years with 2 years of eligibility left. With a BS in Management, *apparently* the only graduate school track was the MBA. It is very selective; high GPA or offsetting relevant work experience. I believe Yandell thought he might be accepted, but he chose Ga. State because he would be a starter there.

Gilbert is sorely missed this year in my opinion.

Daryl Richard also graduated early and qualified for the MBA program (2008 graduate). He was one of the 3 D-linemen that Georgia Tech lost to the NFL after the 2008 season.

Delbert D.

October 6th, 2010
11:33 pm

Gerald – Even the service academies have a program for 5-year students, the Naval Academy Prep School, for instance. It is (or was, a few decades ago) a route for exceptional young enlisted men to ultimately gain admission to the USNA. It is used for preparing some incoming student athletes that project to be able to bring their academics up to Academy entrance standards.


October 7th, 2010
12:27 am

Congrats on the offer, hope to see you in a Jackets uniform.


October 7th, 2010
4:25 am

**** “Well, they’re losing a lot of games and have a lot of people getting arrested,” Crowell said of Georgia. “There’s just a lot of things going wrong. I do want to play right away but I also want to be where it’s disciplined and they win championships.” ****

(((( 45 – 42 ))))


October 7th, 2010
5:42 am

EIGHTH. Who’s going to be the bulldawg coach in 2011.


October 7th, 2010
8:02 am

naganole, UF did the exact same thing with it’s recruiting class last year. They had most of their guys wait until All-Star games to announce to help build momentum going into NSD.


October 7th, 2010
8:04 am

John–well said–Our brethern in Atlanta tend to forget our national championships (5) and our huge success in football at Ga. southern.Ga. State is a lower level school playing in an area with a pro football team and two Div I (FBS) schools (GT & Ga)–Good luck to that !!


October 7th, 2010
8:07 am

By the way, Tre Jackson would be a HUGE get for the Jackets…he is the prototypical 3-4 NT and would have plenty of more D-1 offers had he not got hurt last year.


October 7th, 2010
9:03 am

Good Morning Lowndes…hope all is well…didn’t see you a whole lot on the recruiting blog yesterday..but i can understand..i pretty much just had it with some of the absurd comments..and of course i had to defend the dawgs program and found myself playing that game, which i should know better, but if you keep kicking that dawg, the dawg is going to bite back…anyway i hope in recruiting infor today goes better…I think you mentioned earlier, not sure who you were responding to, regarding AJ Johnson, from Gainesville…I think you said you hadn’t seen him play…i have several times and he is very good..probably will redshirt, but would have fit in at Georgia, in my opintion…I’m not sure what we didn’t see in him that we saw in another young man that we did sign from another LB in Hall County…the young man we signed may help us down the road, but the skill level between the two is large, again my opinion…I hoping for a good weekend for the dawgs, boy we do need it and need to make a very good impression on the recruits…Were the dawgs ever in on Tre Jackson, who is a good pick-up fot Tech…go dawgs


October 7th, 2010
9:36 am

dawgster, good morning to you as well. I just chose not to respond to the vitrol that was being spewed from a lot of Bama fans on the Isaiah Crowell blog…no need to get into a bickering contest with people who, for the most part, aren’t trying to have a legitimate discussion but are only wanting to ram their point of view home. Honestly though, I was thinking about applying for an internet restraining order against secbama…that guy was constantly posting things about me :) Look, the main thing you need to take away from the Crowell blog is that Crowell did not commit to Bama (unlike what most of those guys wanted you to believe and the way that most of our “fans” were posting). There is no doubt that Crowell legitimately likes what he sees going on at Bama, but he is a Dawg at heart (as he has stated on numerous occassions)…if Coach Richt stays at UGA then I have zero doubt in my mind that Crowell will be a Dawg (the same goes for a number of other recruits). The LB you are referring to out of East Hall is Sterling Bailey and he is a legit D-1 prospect who plays on a horrible team…he is going to have an immediate impact for us next year. Unfortunately, I have not had the opportunity to see AJ Johnson play (though I would love to)…I think he will see some early playing time at UT thanks to the lack of depth up there, and he really seemed to like the school. The Dawgs are still evaluating Tre Jackson’s film and there is a chance that we offer him…at one point I was certain we were going to offer him, but it is up in the air at this point.


October 7th, 2010
9:40 am

Hope you recover Tre and enjoy your weekend at Tech.


October 7th, 2010
10:08 am

lowndes, I respect your opinion, but there is no way Bailey will
make an impact his frosh year.
Dawgster was right about Johnson and Bailey. Johnson is MUCH closer
to playing his frosh year than Bailey.
From viewing their skills right now, it is not even close to who
is the better player. Ask the people in Hall Co., including the ones
at Bailey’s school who is better?
And anyone will tell you it is Johnson.
I only wish the coaches at Ga. would have realized this and asked around
instead of going by measureables like they did with C.Vasser.


October 7th, 2010
10:10 am

Heh, yeh I quickly realized yesterday’s blog was going to be a lot of trash.


October 7th, 2010
10:11 am

b, like I have said before, I have not seen Johnson play but I do know that Bailey has the prototypical body size to make an immediate impact next year…even if it is only on Special Teams his Freshman Year. I really do hope that Johnson is highly successful on the next level, and just like any other Dawg fan I am hoping and praying that our coaches continue to get better at spotting/recruiting talent.


October 7th, 2010
10:12 am

We’ll see b. Right now it’s all speculation for all of these guys anyways. Even those mega *’s Drew and Crowell. Although the 8 ball says more than likely for those guys.


October 7th, 2010
10:14 am

“Bailey has the prototypical body size to make an immediate impact next year…even if it is only on Special Teams his Freshman Year”

TJ Stripling did. When he got hurt I couldn’t figure out who he was during the TV game. I kept rewinding it and listening to the announcer but I couldn’t make it out. Weird injury too, it didn’t look like much of anything happend on TV. Hope it works out for TJ because, from what I’d heard, I was looking forward to seeing what that guy could do in a year or two.


October 7th, 2010
11:18 am

lowndes, that is exactly the point I was trying to make about Bailey.
He has the body, no doubt, but he is not a true football player like Johnson. It was the same with Vasser, he had the rangy body and could run, but he is not a football player.
That is what A. Johnson is, a real player who is good enough and saavy enough to play now.
I like Bailey as a person, but I wonder about his future as a D-1 player.


October 7th, 2010
11:47 am

b, Warren Belin is a significantly better LB coach than John Jancek ever was and I think you will start to see some significant improvement from our LB’s as the year progresses. Did we reach for Vasser? It sure seems that way right now, but he was a player that John Jancek/Willie Martinez wanted so we recruited him. Make no mistake about it, Rodney Garner is the recruiting coordinator, but he does not make the final decisions about who we pursue at each position. He gets a run-down from all of the other defensive coaches about what kind of player they want to land in that recruiting period (whom they feel will fit the defensive system they want to run) and then he makes sure that the coaches responsible for recruiting in that region know who to go after. I said all that to say this: Rodney Garner was not responsible for us not going after AJ Johnson…W-Mart and John Jancek were. Look, I wasn’t going to post this earlier, but I will post it now…AJ Johnson had some pretty good offers, but even UF told AJ that they would not take his commitment at this time b/c they had other guys rated higher on their board that they were still waiting to hear from…that will at least let you know that UGA was not the only ones not actively pursuing AJ. Will AJ turn out to be better than Bailey? No one knows at this point…only time will tell, but I really do wish AJ nothing but the best.


October 7th, 2010
12:00 pm

Actually Lowndes…Vasser was the young man i was talking about, in lieu of Bailey…i didn’t mention him by name but he played for one of the other Hall County schoolsl. not East Hall as Bailey does..I think that he may be a spot player here and there, but i’m not sure that he was the right fit for us and now with the 3-4…i don’t know…he’s a good player but Johnson and Bailey are in my opinion much more talented…


October 7th, 2010
12:04 pm

b..you are correct to a point…Bailey was all the rave in middle school for his basketball abilities but he grew into a football player…i’ve seen him play, he is good, will probably redshirt and get stronger…i think he will be an asset to the dawgs…unfortunately he has played on a very poor ball team for several years now…I think we are going to be surprised about is potential and abilities once he gets in school…

GT Sambo

October 7th, 2010
12:31 pm

I bet if he plays in a 3-4 in college (hopefully for GT) that he will play some DE and some NT. But if he plays in a 4-3, he would strictly be an interior lineman.


October 7th, 2010
1:36 pm

dawgster and lowndes, good points.
But I still feel Bailey’s brother, Korentheus at W.Ky. was and is
a better player than Sterling. He’s been hurt and is not as tall as Sterling.
I’ll make the point again though, Johnson is a PLAYER.
Others who were offered are not. Another one I have a question as
to an early offer out of Hall Co. is the Curry kid, a Jr.
I don’t see how Ga. gave him an early offer. How can they offer by seeing him only at camp.
Don’t the coached ever go by game situations?
It just seems to me they go by ht. and 40 times more than actual ability to make plays. Thus, the offers to Vasser, Bailey, and Curry.
This is the last time I’ll say it, Johnson is the real player out of this bunch and the whole school,kids,coaches,and faculty love him.


October 7th, 2010
1:51 pm

b, CJ Curry is the real deal at WR…he already possesses good body control and great hands and he is only a JR. It is very rare for us to offer a kid after a camp, but Curry was impressive enough to elicit an offer. And to answer your other question, our coaches do in fact attend games on a pretty routine basis…as far as which games they decide to attend it just depends on what time UGA plays the following day as to how far they can travel to see a kid play live.

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