Plainfield (Ill.) East junior defensive end recruit Daniel Jackson (6-foot-2, 248 pounds) ended his recruiting process late Thursday night and gave Western Michigan his verbal commitment. Jackson talks about his decision here.
"I decided awhile ago that I was pretty excited about Western Michigan," Jackson said. "Last night I decided I was ready so I called up the coaches at Western Michigan and gave them my verbal commitment."
Jackson, who was offered by the Broncos as a defensive tackle prospect talked about why he decide to commit to the Broncos.
"Coach (PJ) Fleck is building something special at Western Michigan. I definitely want to be a part of something special at the next level and help Western Michigan do great things. I also feel that the mix of football and academics at WMU is a really good fit. I just love the coaches, the school, the campus and just the whole atmosphere at Western Michigan. I didn't want to miss out on the chance to play for the Broncos and Coach Fleck."
So what was the appeal that WMU head coach PJ Fleck and his staff had on Jackson in making his decision to commit?
"Coach Fleck is easily one of the most honest coaches I've dealt with hands down. We sat and talked and he laid out his plans for the football program as well as his plans for me in college. Coach Fleck said from early on that he needed me when others said they wanted me. That made a strong impression and the assistant coaches also just always treated me honestly."
Jackson also discussed preparing to play defensive tackle at the next level for the Broncos.
"The coaches at WMU felt all along that I still have a lot of growing left to do and that I will be able to add more size and weight. I'm almost 250 pounds now and my goal is to start my senior season at 260 pounds. I've been really starting to eat better and also hitting the weight as hard as I can. Now that I'm committed I can just focus on my training and getting ready for the season. I'm sure that I'll be able to get bigger and stronger."
Jackson is also thrilled to have his recruiting process behind him.
"It can be pretty stressful. I'm very happy to have it all completed. The hardest part was just the stress of recruiting. Just making a decision was stressful for me and now I can just enjoy the rest of my high school career and get ready for college football."
Daniel Jackson is verbally committed to Western Michigan.