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July 13, 2014
Jackson solid, named a camp standout
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Baton Rouge (La.) University Laboratory School 2016 cornerback Tre Jackson was the lone Florida commit in attendance for Saturday's Rivals250 Underclassman Challenge presented by Under Armour. The Gator pledge participated in last years Underclassman Challenge and was looking to test the things he learned over the past year on the field against some of the nation's top athletes.
By the end of the day, out of over 200 participants, he was named one of the top performers on the defensive side of the ball.
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"I just wanted to come out and compete with the best," said Jackson of the camp. "A lot of great receivers come out here, so I just want to show I am one of the top corners in my class. I love to compete and just wanted to come out and do that."
Jackson is approaching the one-year mark of his commitment to the Gators and is looking to celebrate with an appearance on campus on Monday when he visits Gainesville for the first time since last summer.
"I just want to check out the campus and see more of the athletics since last time I was down there I only really camped at Florida. I just want to take in everything and just see all the surroundings."
Though the 5-foot-8, 164-pounder has been committed to the Orange and Blue for some time now, he still admits he hears from a few other college programs, but is still very solid in his commitment to the Gators.
"Mississippi State, Arkansas, and then LSU since they are close to home," said Jackson. "I am 100 percent [committed] though. I know where I want to go to school. It's always been my dream growing up to wear that Blue and Orange and play in the Swamp."
Though Jackson, whose father Jack Jackson was a stand out receiver during the Steve Spurrer Fun & Gun years, isn't wavering on his commitment to Florida, he still is looking at possible official visits during his senior year.
"I will probably take all my visits and everything down the road, but that will be my senior year," said Jackson of future plans. "Right now I am only going to visit Florida this summer and that will be it for me. I will probably be at the LSU-Florida game also this fall and would love to see that match up."
Not only is Jackson solid in his pledge to Florida, in fact, he has even been recruiting on the Gators behalf.
"I haven't really gotten all that close to anyone in my class like that but I have been talking to some 2015 guys about UF," said Jackson with a smile. "I just helped with Jerome [Baker], George Brown, Ray-Ray McCloud and George Campbell a little bit. I just tell them I want to play with them when I get to UF and hope they are there with me."