For the past few months, the actions of Immokalee athlete J.C. Jackson have suggested his commitment to Florida is one that won’t last.
He has taken four trips to Miami, scheduled an official visit to Florida State and been unwilling to discuss the status of his UF pledge at times.
However, one of his family members says he intends to sign with the Gators.
Jackson’s uncle, Duke Rice, called The Sun this weekend to let it be known where his nephew stands with his recruitment.
“J.C. is ready to shut it down,” Rice said. “He’s tired of the process and all these interviews. His mind is made up on Florida. He doesn’t want to go to Miami or Florida State. He wants to go to Florida. He told me that.”
Since the decommitments of Dalvin Cook and Ermon Lane, Jackson has been expected to follow suit because of his previous comments that he would like to play with them in college.
But their decisions will not influence him, according to Rice.
“He called me the other day,” Rice said, “and told me, ‘I don’t care what they do. That’s them. I’m my own man.’
“So he’s going to do what’s best for him. I know that he’s never been a follower his whole life.”
The Under Armour All-American still plans to visit to FSU this month with his uncle, but Rice insists the trip isn’t an indication of Jackson wavering.
“He’s a kid and just wants to enjoy himself,” Rice said. “It’s a free visit to go have fun for a weekend. He also went (on official visits) to Miami and Minnesota, and he isn’t going to those schools. He wants to go to Florida. That’s where his heart is.”