Chris arrived at Tech around noon on Friday. He went out to lunch at the Fox Sports Grill with Coach Charles Kelly and was joined by GT players Derrick Morgan and Mike Peterson. Afterwards he went back to campus where he met up with new GT Head Coach Paul Johnson for a film secession.
Later on he was picked up by GT Defensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator Giff Smith. They dined that night at The Capital Grille along with his host for the weekend, RB Jonathan Dwyer. Then he spent the rest of the night hanging out with some of the players he's gotten to know.
On Saturday morning Chris ate breakfast at the hotel and met up with Coach Johnson again, and then Chris left early Saturday afternoon to meet up with relatives at a family reunion.
Wide receiver Tyler Melton was also along for his official visit. Melton and Jackson were the only two players taking officials this weekend. "He's pumped up about coming in," said Jackson about Melton. "He's ready to get in."
Jackson had a favorable impression of Coach Johnson from the time they spent together. "He's a good guy," said Jackson. "I got to watch a little offense with him. It was pretty good, he's a great guy." Coach Johnson highlighted to Chris a particular wide receiver from the Navy offense to show Jackson what he'd be capable of doing in Tech's new offense.
Chris was asked if Coach Johnson was able to alleviate any fears or concerns about the new offense as opposed to what he was expecting to see under Coach Chan Gailey's offense. "Yeah, I have fears about different styles of offense," said Jackson. "But, I guess everything will work out – who knows."
When asked what specific questions he brought up with Coach Johnson about his offense Chris replied, "I had tons of questions but I don't even remember them." One of the issues Coach Johnson did emphasize was that his receivers would get plenty of looks in the offense.
Chris mentioned previously that he was not 100% solid with his commitment to Georgia Tech. In the final analysis it is actually going to come down to GT or Alabama Chris told me. How did Chris leave things with the Tech coaches in terms of what he's going to do? "I just talked to Coach (Johnson) and told him I'd make a decision Monday or Tuesday," said Jackson.
Finally, Chris was asked to give his pros and cons for the two schools he is thinking about.
For Georgia Tech, "the main thing I like about that is the current players they have there," said Jackson. "I really got to know their recruiting class from last year and I recruited this class for this year." For cons on the Yellow Jackets, Chris talked about his frustration and dismay at how things worked out for former GT QB commit Sean Renfree. Sean de-committed from Georgia Tech last week after he and his family determined that he was not a good fit for the new offense. Chris was stung by the situation with, "The All-American quarterback that I put so much time into recruiting, it hurt me a lot and it hurt him," said Jackson.
For Alabama Chris said, "It's different, the atmosphere's different. It's not in the city; it's in a college town. And… it's the SEC, you know." As for the downside to Bama, their fans will certainly be happy to read Chris' answer. "I really don't have a downside about Alabama," said Jackson. "I know they're recruiting a lot of receivers but I like competition – I've always liked competition. That's what I thrive for – competition."
Chris said that as far as side of the ball, Alabama is recruiting strictly for one in particular, "no not both ways, just offense."