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.