The Golden Isles was not absent from the first year of college football’s new early signing period.
Brunswick High defensive back/wide receiver Jaylen Jackson sent in his paperwork Wednesday to join Georgia Tech next fall.
Jackson picked the Yellow Jackets over offers from Wake Forest, Cincinnati and a slew of other FBS schools. Jackson had been verbally committed to Cincinnati for most of the fall.
The senior was happy to have the recruiting process wrapped up.
“It felt great,” Jackson said of signing. “There’s no pressure at all anymore now that I know where I’m going.”
Jackson said he bonded with the other recruits signing on to play for the Yellow Jackets. That bond, along with the connection with Tech’s coaching staff, led him to stay in state.
“It’s close to home, and I’m getting a great education,” Jackson said.
Jackson was a two-way star for the Pirates, catching 27 passes for 506 yards and six touchdowns while also totaling 30 tackles and a team-high four interceptions on defense. He also returned an interception and a punt for touchdowns during his senior campaign.
Jackson was named Region 2-6A’s Player of the Year earlier this month.
“I’m just glad Jaylen Jackson decided to stay in-state and come play for us,” said Georgia Tech assistant coach Lamar Owens in a video posted on the Georgia Tech athletics’ YouTube channel. “He’s one of the best athletes in Southeast Georgia. He’s extremely quick … has tremendous ball skills and awareness and I attribute that to him playing sports his whole life. He has a tremendous knack for judging the ball in the air.”
Jackson is the latest in a line of Brunswick High defensive backs to sign with an FBS school.
That list includes Darius Slay at Mississippi State and Justin Coleman at Tennessee, who are now both in the NFL.