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UNC Basketball Recruiting: Justin Jackson officially visits Tar Heels


The North Carolina Tar Heels have a big official visit set this weekend, as five-star small forward Justin Jackson will be in Chapel Hill for his second official visit. Jackson took his first official trip last month, when he visited a blue blood hoops program out west in the Arizona Wildcats. While there are several teams that are still heavily in the mix for Jackson, most people view UNC as the favorite to land one of the top 15 recruits in the 2014 class.

Jackson is a standout out of Spring, Texas and is ranked by most publications as the third-best recruit in the state. He is clearly one of the top five small forward prospects overall, and Jackson is an incredible scorer who would be the big blue-chip prospect the Tar Heels would love to land in this class.

UNC, Arizona, the Ohio State Buckeyes, the in-state Texas A&M Aggies, the Washington Huskies, and another ACC squad in the Virginia Cavaliers are the schools that Jackson is currently looking at. Several other major programs have already been eliminated from his recruitment, so the Tar Heels are certainly in a great position to land the prized five-star SF.

The Tar Heels have handed out eight offers so far in the 2014 recruiting class, and they already have one commitment from five-star PG Joel Berry. Most of the recruits they have offered are being heavily pursued by the Tar Heels, and all of them, save for Theo Pinson, are high on the Heels. In fact, all of the eight offered prospects in the class are five-star recruits, with Jackson seemingly being the prospect highest on UNC.

We’ll see how this all-important official trip goes for Jackson, because a great visit could seal a future commitment from the 6’8″ SF who has been visited by Roy Wiliams frequently and has visited Chapel Hill on several occasions. However, Arizona is always going to be a program to watch for due to the presence of Sean Miller.

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  • the mad zionist

    that class of 14 could be a really nice one. I hope unc steps on duke on the 9th when wiggins is at the game, and he decides to go to unc. if that happens and then he takes off and a class of 14 with atleast 3-4 5 star prospects, this year will be a distant memory, even though im loving our team after hairston became the starter, surprisingly unc’s defense has become much much better.

    • http://www.musketfire.com/ Joe Soriano

      Don’t give up hope on this season so easily, UNC is showing signs of a very quick turnaround late in the year. But yes, the future in Chapel Hill looks much brighter than the present- especially now that Jackson has committed.