Five-star recruit Justin Jackson commits to UNC

By Robert White
Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

2014 five-star recruit Justin Jackson officially committed to UNC on Monday, the latest star recruit to commit to Tar Heel’s coach Roy Williams.

Williams secured Jackson’s commitment on Monday afternoon, making the 6-foot-7 small forward the second five-star player to choose UNC from the class of 2014, joining point guard Joel Berry at the storied program.

Jackson is a rangey small forward with an excellent jump shot capable of starring for North Carolina in the ACC. Although he could afford to add a little weight to what is a slender frame, Jackson possesses emerging athleticism and a nice ability to also finish in the lane.

The Texas native made an official visit to UNC on the weekend, eventually opting to pair with Williams and Berry at a college he has been involved with since attending youth camps as a youngster rather than to continue the recruitment process with a number of other contending schools, some of which included Arizona, Ohio State, Virginia and Washington.

Jackson was courtside for the recent Tar Heel victory over Florida State and reportedly spoke very highly of the visit. He allegedly told Williams of his decision after the game.

Tar Heel assistant coach Steve Robinson has been actively pursuing Jackson for months, and coach Williams paid the Jackson family a personal visit in January.

Jackson, averaging 30 points and 12 rebounds per game for Home-School Christian Youth Association this season, is ESPN’s No.14 ranked player (third small forward) from the class of 2014, while Berry is ranked No.12.

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