It's not easy for a home school student to stand out in the world of college basketball recruiting. Tomball's Justin Jackson did just that.
Ranked as the No. 1 small forward recruit by many of the nation's scouting services, Jackson recently signed a letter of intent to play basketball at the University of North Carolina.
"I grew close with the staff and Coach (Roy) Williams and just felt comfortable with them," Jackson said. "It felt right."
Jackson plays basketball for an area team that consists of home schooled players, the Homeschool Christian Youth Association Warriors, as well as with Houston Hoops, a local AAU team. The 6-foot, 8-inch tall forward has a wingspan of nearly seven feet, which drew the attention of big-time college programs. Jackson hasn't let that attention go to his head.
"It's definitely been a blessing to talk to these kinds of schools," he said. "I'm not a guy that likes or needs attention. I am not a big partier and I take my faith seriously."
Jackson said his academics have always come before basketball and that will continue in college.
"Academics have always come first," he said. "I have had all A's throughout high school and I think, since I started homeschooling that I have always been about two years ahead."
He credits his academic and athletic success to his Christian faith and his parents.
"I think, for me, the Lord comes first, so I really need to thank him and my parents because they are the main reasons why I am where I am and why I am who I am."