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September 15, 2012Senior wing Aaron Jackson became the latest Ohio prospect to commit to an in-state school on Friday night, as the Gahanna Lincoln native gave a verbal pledge to the Akron Zips.
When it was time to make his college decision, Jackson relied heavily on the loyalty and diligence of the various coaching staffs that recruited him.
"Akron was the first school that really recruited me," Jackson told Ohio Preps, "They've been there since the beginning.
The 6-foot-5 Jackson held scholarship offers from schools all over the Midwest, but eventually chose Akron over his other two finalists, Ohio University and Drexel.
Since the coaches at Akron have been so loyal and dedicated to building a relationship with Jackson, the three-star wing has a lot of respect for the staff.
"They have great coaches that made me feel like Akron was the best fit for me. I've got a great relationship with their coaches."
That relationship between Jackson and the staff should lead to a hand in glove fit between the two, as Jackson is one of the highest rated perimeter players in Ohio's class of 2013. Akron has become synonymous with in-state recruiting, and Jackson is now the first Buckeye native to commit to the Zips in the 2013 class.
A talented scorer with good size for the wing at the MAC level at 6-foot-6, Jackson is a long and athletic slasher who can also shoot from the perimeter. Also known as a tough competitor, Jackson has a college-ready game and should be able to help his Zips team in year one.
"I think I can come in my first year and get some minutes if I keep working hard. I think my role will be an all-around type of role. I can score and rebound well."