College football programs and various other organizations host prospects camps throughout the summer, which allows players to get showcase their talents for college coaches in the hopes of earning a college scholarship.
Some of these players already have scholarships and are just looking to be seen by more programs, while others feel they’ve been under recruited and are looking to perform well with the hopes of achieving their life-long goal of receiving a Division I scholarship.
That’s exactly what happened to Antwon Jackson, a 2022 cornerback from Warner Robins High School in Warner Robins, Georgia. Jackson made a huge impression on Archie Collins and the Pitt Panthers as they extended him an offer, his first.
“When I got to the camp, the coaches there were telling us how a lot of the kids there already had offers and they just want to help put kids in school,” said Jackson. “One of the first things we did was go out and run a forty and the first two times, I slipped and 4.5 flat. I then asked if I could run again and didn’t slip and ran a 4.35. Everybody was like ‘Wow’ and people started paying attention to me. Then we got into the 1-on-1’s and I was the first one to jump up and wanted to cover someone. Then, the very first play, I got a pick. The whole camp was a very good experience for me, as I also did well in 7-on-7’s.”
“How this all developed was crazy because I went to the Hot List Camp in Villa Rica, Georgia. While there, I got the MVP of the camp and one of the coaches there said I’d expect you’ll be getting an offer real soon. Then yesterday (Thursday), I got on a three-way call with Coach Collins from Pitt and midway through our conversation, he said the University of Pittsburgh would like to offer you a scholarship. I was like ‘Wow, my first offer is a Power Five one’. So my relationship with Pitt really started yesterday as we got to know each other.”
Jackson tells PSN that his size was most likely the thing holding back his recruitment. His frame is 6-feet but he’s undersized at only 150-155 pounds. Despite the small build, Jackson has tremendous speed and ball skills, which was enough for Pitt to have confidence in extending him his first college offer.
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“I was just overjoyed,” said Jackson. “I was like Pitt offered me. My dad and my coach said that’s a Power Five school that offered you,” said Jackson. “Pitt is a top of the line program. I really didn’t understand until this morning when I posted the offer about how big that was. This proves to me that dreams can come true and turn into reality.”
Jackson tells PSN that after getting the offer, Collins talked to him about coming up to Pitt for a visit “soon” and that he would be excited to do that. Later on this summer, Jackson plans on attending prospects camps at Mercer, Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Coastal Carolina.