Oakley (Calif.) Freedom 2019 3-star all-purpose back Giles Jackson officially visited Michigan on June 22 and immediately got the at-home feeling in Ann Arbor.
“I got that feeling,” he said. “I could definitely see myself playing at Michigan in the future.”
During the visit, the first thing that stood out to Jackson was the positive energy of the staff. He also enjoyed hearing about how the Wolverines would use him in their offense.
“I like the way they would like to use me,” Jackson said. “They want to use me as an offensive guy that can do it all, basically. Like up at slot, running back, wildcat and in the return game.”
Meeting Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh was a positive experience, as was getting to know the other coaches.
“I met all the coaches and they were amazing. They made me feel welcomed and I liked it up there a lot.”
Jackson’s adidas 7-on-7 quarterback, Reno (Nev.) Damonte Ranch 2019 4-star prospect Cade McNamara, committed to Michigan on March 16. The duo spoke right after Jackson’s official visit and are fairly good friends.
“We talked on the phone about the amazing facilities and how all the coaches are really focused on their players,” Jackson said. “He said we would be an amazing duo and Michigan is the right place to get to the next level.”
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound running back has offers to play for Michigan, Oregon, Oregon State, San Jose State, USC, Hawaii, Utah State, Howard and Sacramento State. Jackson’s top 3 list consists of Michigan, Oregon State and Oregon.
“I’m not sure if I’ll commit to Michigan yet, but I can definitely see myself up there,” he said. “They will be a good contender.”
In the last week of July, Jackson will officially visit Oregon and Oregon State. He wants to make a decision by early August.
“I really like the coaches at Oregon State,” he said. “They really are recruiting me hard and want me to be a Beaver. It’s a nice campus and a nice area for me to become a good, young man.
“Oregon is fantastic. The school is extremely nice, and I love their fast-paced offense, and their coaches are building something special up there.”
Jackson is ranked No. 727 in the 2019 class, No. 8 at his position and No. 74 in California, according to the 247Sports composite. He is headed to The Opening Finals, which starts in Dallas on June 30.
Joining Jackson at The Opening Finals will be McNamara, who is expected to recruit the all-purpose back to play for the Wolverines.
Last season at Freedom High School, Jackson carried the ball 221 times for 1,586 yards and 22 touchdowns. He added 21 receptions for 324 yards and 5 touchdowns. Jackson returned 13 kickoffs for 378 yards.