January 12th, 2014 04:30pm

Jackson solid to Florida, uncle says


J.C. Jackson has been committed to Florida for more than seven months. (Photo by Zach Abolverdi/The Gainesville Sun)

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.”

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  1. January 12th, 2014 4:36 pm

    This would be huge. It was pretty much assumed he’d be leaving. Need to keep him on board.

    by Chase

  2. January 12th, 2014 4:37 pm

    But his heart and the rest of his body will be in Tallahassee Jan. 24th. Makes sense huh?

    by NOLE4EVER78

  3. January 12th, 2014 4:47 pm

    I figured he might stick around for the Gators, as he had not decommitted in step with Cook and Lane, had not been posing for camera shot teases, and perhaps has needed time to sort out what he thinks and feels is best for him. It sounds like his uncle is a strong man in his life, too. As much as our Gators struggled through a miserable 2013 season, from the wider perspective stands ahead of Miami’s and can compete virtually any year against FSU.

    by Gatormac

  4. January 12th, 2014 4:53 pm

    I’m sure that was his uncle. lol.. Noles al the way with this young man. We can provide a much more sound total college experience vs a stoic , steril nerd filled campus.

    by James Fisher

  5. January 12th, 2014 4:54 pm

    F$U had one good year and without Benjamin, Freeman and Jernigan they’ll be average again next year. We’re on the up and up. Go Gators!

    by ER

  6. January 12th, 2014 5:04 pm

    James, did you even go to F$U? I bet you never finished HS….

    by ER

  7. January 12th, 2014 5:05 pm

    How about you Nole fans stay on your own boards! James I’m sure that clown college provides a 1st rate education!

    by nsgtr

  8. January 12th, 2014 5:13 pm

    Just like a Nole fan. Gone for 7 years and magically reappears. Haha. He will disappear next year and show up the next claiming “We are back”

    by Joshua

  9. January 12th, 2014 5:28 pm

    Lies all lies!

    by Otha

  10. January 12th, 2014 5:35 pm

    FSU probably wouldn’t accept his commitment anyway at this point

    by Jake

  11. January 12th, 2014 5:37 pm

    James had a typical FSU inferiority complex response – since Florida is much stronger university academically and overall, he calls it a nerd school. Do you say that about your ACC friends at Duke and Wake Forest? I’m sure many FSU recruits bypass Florida because they know they can’t handle the academics.

    by john gator

  12. January 12th, 2014 5:38 pm


    Last week you (or another Florida recruiting site) posted that Lane’s mom……not his uncle…..was quoted as saying….”He (Lane) better not de-commit.” Well…he did and not a peep out of mom since. We will see. But I think Lemmons de-committing probably helped with Jackson sticking at this point. Let’s see what an Adoree Jackson commit does?????

    by Tampa Gator

  13. January 12th, 2014 5:40 pm

    If he flipped it was going to be Miami not FSU.

    by Joshua

  14. January 12th, 2014 5:47 pm

    What is the problem with the FSU ? insecurity? Why do they keep coming to our site? smh

    by Evelyn

  15. January 12th, 2014 6:17 pm

    Jamesfisher. Unlike alot of other gator fans on this site, i dont mind your comments. Your team won, and now you get to talk trash for a year. Thats just part of the fun of college football, being able to talk smack to your friends. You gusr earned that right and i know i have to take it, or it wouldnt be fair to dish it out next year. Which finally brings me to my point, i will take your good natured ribbing that, as a gator fan, i have coming, i just ask that, when the tables have turned, you continue to post on this site so we may continue our friendly rivalry.

    by willgator

  16. January 12th, 2014 6:20 pm

    Er, Dalvin and Carlos more than enough run game. Plus OL line still in tact. Best online in the country.

    by James Fisher

  17. January 12th, 2014 6:20 pm

    Does it matter? I see UF has been ahead of FSU in recruiting overall for most years in the recent past. Next year, UF will probably start Jeff Driskel, how do you think that’s gonna turn out? Oh, I forgot, the newest medicine man is in town to replace those bad medicine men, he has the cure for Jeff Driskel. Let’s see…

    by snowprint

  18. January 12th, 2014 6:33 pm

    Snowprint and fisher can you 2 bitches go to your pay for porn sites and stop thinking either of you know a thing. Total college experience in tally for sure profs fix ur grades you get drunk and high and rape chicks sounds like a great place to be. DOUCHE BAGS both of you are walking pieces of excrement.

    by uncle leo

  19. January 12th, 2014 6:34 pm

    James Fisher, the inferiority complex is strong with you FSU fans. Not getting accepted into UF really burns you up inside doesn’t it? You guys will always be the kid brother/safety school/clown college, remember that.

    by T

  20. January 12th, 2014 6:51 pm

    Oh my gosh, I totally agree with u uncle Leo! Those 2 clowns need to go visit their team in prison where most of them end up! Douche bags is toooo kind of a term to use for them! Why they r on a Gators site is beyond me, but I wouldn’t read no FSWho crap either….go Gators!

    by Gator fan in MD

  21. January 12th, 2014 6:57 pm

    James Fisher and snowprint: It really speaks to the dominance of a football team when rival fans troll their website “even after winning a national championship”. I don’t hate FSU as much as some folks around here do but actions like these by you people are the reason FSU fanbase will likely never win our respect even after you beat us on the field. I would suggest you to act classy but I know you can’t…one can only think as high as the quality of education one receives. Please don’t let my comments stop you though – I for one enjoy them…it shows how dominant we are in your thoughts even after a losing season.

    by MJ

  22. January 12th, 2014 7:05 pm

    Well done MJ, solid points. To prove your point yes UF is on my mind every day. It does appear however the Noles are also on the minds of,Gators…also I am not sure when UF fans have ever been accused of being classy , but I regress.

    by James Fisher

  23. January 12th, 2014 7:21 pm

    The phrase is “but I digress.” There is no doubt in my mind you went to FSU.

    by The Swamp

  24. January 12th, 2014 7:21 pm

    Snowprint, J-Fish, & my 2 obnoxious brothers are precisely the reason why I will never EVER root for free shoes u!!! All tne years Florida was dominating the SEC as well as the ACC(all crap conference) y’all were wallowing in mediocrity. Thats why they chose the acc-the path of least resistance to the championship every year. JC knows where the REAL competition is and where the most competitive players are. Not Duke’s stadium, terps field, or tar heel field. He wants to play tiger stadium, legion field, and jordan-hare, all while running out of the tunnel@ The Swamp!! GO GATORS!!!

    by baton rouge gator fan (brgf)

  25. January 12th, 2014 7:34 pm

    FSU offers him a carreer after college, like the Circus or the fast food industry…serious yall, quit haten on the Noles. we be the best team in Florida every year

    by James Fisher

  26. January 12th, 2014 7:51 pm

    Most likely careers after flunking out of fspoo: pounding out license plates, father of 6 kids with 6 different women, or the ever popular GATOR SPORTS FAN SITE TROLL(this means u fisher or as most will get to know Jameis soon as FRESH FISH)

    by uncle leo

  27. January 12th, 2014 8:13 pm

    Why publish the FSU comments. I would prefer to use a 4 letter word beginning with a “C”. But, I believe we need to stay out of the gutter where some of them live…..Gator001

    by Lee Tavel

  28. January 12th, 2014 8:14 pm

    FSU will go on probation once the civil suit is filed against Winston. JF should have took the Texas job while he had the chance.

    by GoGatorJ

  29. January 12th, 2014 8:19 pm

    Yes, James, you do REGRESS. The word you were looking for, genius, is “digress”. Sheesh, you can’t make this stuff up!

    by RDubbs

  30. January 12th, 2014 8:31 pm

    I hope the coach’s pull his offer if he visits queen u(1980 hc queen was a guy). I THINK WHEN YOU GIVE YOUR WORD , WHICH MOST THESE KIDS DONT BELIEVE IN YOU SHOULD NOT VISIT OTHER SCHOOLS!

    by islander

  31. January 12th, 2014 8:33 pm

    He doesn’t want to feel like his decision was influenced by anyone but himself. He asked his Uncle to talk so he would not have to. The young man is coming to Tallahassee. The Noles will provide his best opportunity to make it to the NFL. FACT. UF is a great school, formerly with a great football team, but unfortunately the current state of the program is not beneficial for elite athletes. That cannot be denied.

    by Heidro

  32. January 12th, 2014 8:37 pm

    Nah man…FSU is not on my mind. I love Gator football and follow their recruiting but never once have I been on any Seminole or Tally website. You do a good job at getting a reaction out of others and some of the replies are funny but is this a good use of your valuable time…being a petty troll?

    by MJ

  33. January 12th, 2014 8:38 pm


    ‘JF should have took the Texas job.’

    UF education is elite.

    You guys had the most talented 4-8 team in the history of college football. As a Florida native I am so proud. I hope you guys make a bowl this year. College Football needs an adept Gator team.

    by Heidro

  34. January 12th, 2014 8:50 pm

    Hopefully this is true what his uncle said.

    I like the sound of it… hope it’s an accurate statement.

    by Gator Todd

  35. January 12th, 2014 8:51 pm

    by NOLE4EVER78, hopefully, he isn’t taught how to drug fsu co-eds and rape them either.

    by Gator Todd

  36. January 12th, 2014 9:06 pm

    Laughing at typical Nole fans. They will always have little brother syndrome…2nd rate clown/girls school.

    by quincyD

  37. January 12th, 2014 9:19 pm

    Even after winning a national championship, James Fisher comes on our board and freely admits, “yes UF is on my mind every day.” We knew that already, dunce…We know the University of Florida and Gator athletics is totally inside the heads of you pathetic little noles…..On top of that, you don’t even know the name of (btw, it was a great decision by your coaching staff to turn Karlos, not) Carlos Williams into a RB. Dude, you’re not just a nole troll, you’re a nole troll with a hole….where your brain should be. What a pathetic excuse for a “fan” you are….lol

    by BSJGator

  38. January 12th, 2014 9:29 pm

    RDubbs, I think James had it right. He does indeed regress if he’s relying on an FSU education to get ahead in the world.

    by PVBGator

  39. January 12th, 2014 10:09 pm

    Wait, is this his uncle on his mother’s side, father’s side or an anonymous uncle? Can never tell what most of these kids are going to do until they sign. Hope he does what’s best for him whether it’s what everyone else wants or not.

    by MrKeepingItReal

  40. January 12th, 2014 10:41 pm

    Heidro are u james fisher’s second screen name? Yet another fsu troll talking as though the criminoles have won the last 10 national titles in a row. Ur a dooche like the rest and fsu is the best place for anyone to be able to read @ a 4th grade level and have an illegitament child before flunking out. Oh besides that here is your FACT noone on this site cares that cook and lane are gone you can have them we will finish with a better class, and you fisher and snowprint will each have a thumb up ur ass. U act like UF has been 4-8 for years not the case another stupid ass like the other 2 dicks on here.

    by uncle leo

  41. January 12th, 2014 10:45 pm

    I hope the Uncle is telling the truth, but words mean nothing today. This could all be won and lost in 1 visit. DC and Lane will probly text/pester/recruit him until he either just shuts them up or caves. Until he signs that UF LoI im not getting any hopes up

    by HS

  42. January 13th, 2014 12:37 am

    James I have feeling you never get laid at all ! LOL

    by Gatorsforlife

  43. January 13th, 2014 2:24 am

    Hey Zach,

    Great articles, keep them coming! Is there anyway you can keep trolls like James Fisher off the comments so that they dont turn into mindless arguing. I miss the days when the comments were actually used to talk about recruiting.

    by Jimmy

  44. January 13th, 2014 6:10 am

    He most likely is not going to fsu. They have room for 30 commits and currently have 29 not counting ermon lane. They don’t have room, and if they freed up a spot it would probably be for a much higher rated recruit that flipped.

    by Doug

  45. January 13th, 2014 6:57 am

    Zach, is it posible for you to set up a site where Snowprint, James Fisher, FSU and all the Gator fans that WANT to do verbal battle with then can go in PRIVATE? I really can understand The troller’s need to express themselves after such a long DRY spell, what I don’t understand is Good GATOR Fan verbally sparring with them everyday. As long as someone responds to them they will continue. We can not concentrate on the good information that you bring to us. If there is a site that you can set up please make the announcement so they will know where to go. GO GATORS!!!!


  46. January 13th, 2014 7:27 am

    So, it is true that I did not graduate high school. I figured it would come out eventually, but I am still pursuing my GED. But that has nothing to do with FSU being the best team on the planet and dominating the toughest conference in all of sports.

    by James Fisher

  47. January 13th, 2014 7:40 am

    J.Fish = TROLL. Don’t feed the troll.

    by Sean

  48. January 13th, 2014 7:51 am

    Great news!! He will play early and often.

    by npgator

  49. January 13th, 2014 8:03 am

    Schools always make room for highly rated recruits. We will see about Jackson. Mr. Uncle, if he’s “shutting it down”, why is he visiting Talllycrappy? If he’s his” own man”, why doesn’t he call Zack HIMSELF and say that he is firm to UF and just visiting F$U for fun?

    by Steve

  50. January 13th, 2014 9:58 am

    There is a fake James Fisher mocking me on Jan 13 , 7:27. I guess the best form of flattery is Imitation…Wow dude why would you do that. ??

    by James Fisher

  51. January 13th, 2014 10:20 am

    LOL J FISHER… fsu beats the weakest SEC title contender in 8 years in the last 13 seconds of the game after AU had totally taken their foot off the gas the entire second half, and you call that “domination” over an entire conference? LMAO!

    PLAY… AN… SEC… SCHEDULE and then talk. LOL Oh wait, Bobby and fsu was too afraid to.

    by Gator Todd

  52. January 13th, 2014 10:21 am

    So how many fsu aliases do you have on this board too James? Need all of them to back yourself up do you? LMAO!

    by Gator Todd

  53. January 13th, 2014 10:57 am

    I have no alias. Just trying to get your blood flowing. Wonder who will be the 2 5 star commitments the Natl Champs are bringing in?

    by James Fisher

  54. January 13th, 2014 10:57 am

    “Er, Dalvin and Carlos more than enough run game. Plus OL line still in tact. Best online in the country.”
    by James Fisher

    We saw how easy the “best OL in the country” handle an average SEC defense in the NC game. Best in the weak pathetic ACC conference maybe…LOL

    by westflgator

  55. January 13th, 2014 12:15 pm

    As I was reading “UNCLES” comments I was wondering the same thing. If he’s shut down , then no more anything because “I’m tire of the recruitment process”. But you know when you become “BIG TIME”, you have “PEOPLE” and my “PEOPLE” speak for me. “have your people contact my people and we’ll do lunch” I guess it that type thing now! GO GATORS!!!!


  56. January 13th, 2014 1:08 pm

    FSU was manhandled for 3 1/2 quarters on both lines of scrimmage and were held to 13 points deep into the 4th qtr. If it werent for a blown kickoff coverage, the SEC wins its 8th NC. While the final score is all that matters, these facts should not be ignored. The pretty boy heisman qb was shut down and frustrated for the most part. The majority of FSU fans were calling for Jimbos head for 3qtrs of that game and cussing their rapist at the same time…..enjoy your win.

    by Dan Dixon

  57. January 13th, 2014 1:17 pm

    And lets all hope the Noles will provide the State of Fla another Natl Championship. Noles may be the new Bama. Whatta ya think Gates?

    by James Fisher

  58. January 13th, 2014 3:03 pm

    He’ll be in tally, this kid is just playing the game. He’s visiting tally and he will follow due to peer pressure from cook and lane. I hope he’s smart enough to realize he has the best shot of starting at UF…..And besides cook and lane will find it very difficult watching Jamies play his last year from the sideline.

    by jay

  59. January 13th, 2014 8:05 pm

    James Fisher, come back when you’ve won like Alabama, until then you are nothing but a “delusion(ass)nole” Just like always…..lol

    by BSJGator

  60. January 14th, 2014 8:34 am

    Though I hate those Tigers with all my heart it is not fair to say they were/are As weak team…they beat Bama and won the west, beat the east champs and nearly won the national championship. The just lost their focus at the last and FSU took advantage of their breaks..two very good teams. Next year? We will see. Bad luck in Gatorville can not last forever. The Gators kicked their butts before and the Gators will kick their butts again. Go Gators.

    by GAtordean

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