Norwin 2024 3-Star Safety Jackson Pons Commits to Miami (Ohio)
One of the most talented players in the WPIAL has ended his recruitment.
Norwin 2024 3-star safety Jackson Pons decided that he had heard and seen enough and made the decision to commit to Miami (Ohio). The 6-foot-2, 185-pound athlete decided on Miami over other offers from Bowling Green, Central Michigan, Columbia, Eastern Michigan, Kent State, Mississippi State, Ohio U., Penn, Toledo, Navy, Army, Lafayette, Princeton, Dartmouth and Gardner Webb.
Pons received his scholarship offer from Chuck Martin and Miami (Ohio) back in January and the Red Hawks recruited him hard ever since which played a big part in his decision.
“What ultimately sold me on Miami was the consistency with the amount of love they showed me and support they showed through this entire process,” Pons told PSN. “The consistency was pretty abnormal compared to most of the other schools. Miami has a great program there, they’re on the up-and-coming path right now, they have beautiful facilities and campus, along with the academics that they provide. Coach Brechin, the defensive coordinator and safeties coach, was very open and clear about how they see me in their defense, and I really like how I fit into their scheme and how I have a path to play as a freshman.”
“When I called to tell the coaches, it was a mixture of both surprised and excited. I think they had a feeling (would eventually be committing there) but they knew it was between them, Ohio and Toledo, so they were pretty ecstatic when I told them.”
At Norwin, Pons has starred on both sides of the ball and throughout this recruiting process, he was listed and recruited as an athlete by most schools. At Miami (Ohio), he’ll be on the defensive side of the ball, which is something he’s excited about.
“They see me as a safety,” said Pons. “They run a 4-2-5 and see me having the ability of playing all three safety positions. They think I can play all of them, think I have the ability to come down in the box, cover on slot receivers and play the high hole.”
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“I’m going to look back at this recruiting process as being fun and I definitely enjoyed it,” he continued. “I’m grateful for being able to be in this position to have the chance to experience all of this because every kid doesn’t get this chance. It was fun getting the chance to traveling around to different campuses, all the facilities and meeting new people and all of the coaches. Towards the end, it did get tiring, and it was getting tough to find a balance of being able to be a kid and having a personal life, getting schoolwork done and everything else in a short amount of time. It was a fun learning experience but I’m glad that it’s done, and I have nothing to worry about my senior year.”
Martin and Miami continue to recruit well in Western Pennsylvania as last year, they were able to sign Penn Hills cornerback Raion Strader and offensive tackle Gregory Smith.