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Big weekend for grid Admirals, Jackson
FHS All-state lineman chooses Ga. Tech

Soon to be clad in gold at a prominent engineering university, Will Jackson will look to help “Ramblin’ Wreck” Atlantic Coast Conference football defenses.

Jackson, All-state offensive lineman at Farragut High School, committed to Georgia Tech Saturday, July 19.

After taking five visits to the Atlanta, Ga. campus since his freshman season, Jackson said Ga. Tech’s triple option offense “was the main selling point, they thought I was a really athletic lineman who could get to the second and third levels [blocking the defense] and make things happen. … To be quick is the number one thing they look for. They like to see lineman that can move their feet.”

Considered nimble and athletic at 6-foot-3, 283 pounds, “They thought I was a pretty strong kid and I’d be powerful enough to come in and contribute,” Jackson said.

“Basically I chose Tech just because of how comfortable I felt down there with the players, the staff and the entire situation,” he added. “Everything about the place is a total positive. The coaches really liked me and thought I could come in and contribute early. Academics are top-notch, great facilities, and I was able to hang out with some of the players, they were really great guys.”

Not offered a scholarship by Tennessee, “I guess when they were looking at me they just didn’t think I’d be the best fit,” Jackson said. “There’s definitely no bitterness toward Tennessee. I think coach [Phillip] Fulmer’s a great coach, and I respect the program for all they’ve accomplished.”

Jackson, 17, said Ole Miss, West Virginia and Wake Forest also made his final list.

“I’m glad for him because he’s worked real hard to get to this point,” FHS head coach Eddie Courtney said. “He’s a very good student, very smart young man. … He has good feet, and they do a lot of things in their offense where they move linemen around a lot and pull and stuff. … You have to have linemen that can really run.”

As for Jackson’s inspirations, “Coach Courtney, ever since my freshman year, he’s had that stint with the cancer, watching how he dealt with that taught me a lot about being tough and living your life and not letting things hold you back,” he said. “It’s been a huge impact on my life. On the football side, he’s also a great coach.

“Coach [Rusty] Partin, he’s really gotten my technique down every since I’ve been a sophomore,” Jackson added about his FHS offensive line coach. “He really turned me into a good player.”


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