Orange (Calif.) El Modena offensive lineman Elishah Jackett has cut his list of schools to five and set up his first three official visit dates.
The final five for Jackett includes Cal, Ole Miss, Texas A&M, UCLA and Washington. He has also set up official visit dates with the Bears, Bruins and Huskies.
“I have UCLA May 20, Cal June 3 and Washington June 24,” Jackett said. “I haven’t set up Ole Miss or A&M yet, I’m still trying to figure all that out but I like both schools a lot and had good unofficial visits there so I feel good about them
Jackett has already unofficially visited all of his favorites talked about what stands out about each of his finalists:
Cal– “I was at Cal last month and really liked it there. I loved the environment and have a really good relationship with the coaches. They offered me in January and have been very consistent. Angus McClure (OL coach) is the main coach They’re pushing for me to come back for an official visit and I’m definitely giving them hard look right now.”
Ole Miss– “I was there for the Spring Game and had a great time. The environment and how passionate every one is about football really stood out for me. The whole town is all about Ole Miss football there, I couldn’t believe how many fans were there. I loved the overall atmosphere and had a lot of fun there.”
Texas A&M– “I visited A&M back in January and liked it there a lot. I visited there and Texas back to back days and A&M was a great time. They offered a couple of weeks later because they had just gotten a new OL coach (Steve Addazio ) and wanted to evaluate me. I’ve heard so many great things about A&M and that’s big time SEC football and I like them a lot.”
UCLA– “I’ve always liked UCLA a lot. I like coach Drevno and UCLA offers a lot football wisely and academically. I had never been to UCLA before until recently but I liked it there a lot and I like the direction the program is going Location isn’t the biggest thing for me but it’s cool that it’s close to home and it’s like I keep saying, it’s UCLA, what’s not to like there.”
Washington– “Washington has offered me back in January and has been recruiting me hard ever since. I had a really good visit there and I like the coaching staff a lot. I have a good relationship with coach Huff (OL coach) and like the direction the program is going. I have a strong comfort level there so I’m excited to visit.”
As for a commitment timeframe, Jackett said he’s leaving that open.
“I’m not sure when I want to commit right now,” Jackett said. “I’m going to take the visits and then after my last one, I’ll evaluate where I’m at and how I feel at that time.
“If I feel good about a school, I could commit in the summer and lock it in. If I feel I’m not ready and have more visits I need to take, I’ll wait until my senior year and go from there.” “
Jackett is one of the top tackle prospects in the country. He had solid showing at both the Under Armor Next All-America Camp in Southern California and Polynesian Bowl Combine in Las Vegas.
He has a long, lean 6-6, 265 pound frame and moves really well. He has worked hard in the weight room to get bigger and stronger this off-season and has already added about 15 pounds of good weight to his frame.