University of Arkansas women's basketball coach Tom Collen announced the signing of Jessica Jackson to a National Letter of Intent to join the Razorbacks in the fall.
Jackson is a 6-3 forward from Jacksonville, Ark., where she attends Jacksonville High. Jackson is rated the No. 7 recruit in the nation in the Class of 2013 by Dan Olson's Collegiate Girl's Basketball Report. Jackson played AAU hoops with the Arkansas Mavericks and Coach Ed Durham.
As a senior, Jackson led the Red Devils to a 26-4 record and a 12-0 mark in league play culminating in the 5A state title. Jackson averaged 22 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks as a senior.
Some of Jackson's recent honors include being named the MVP of the state championship game, all-state and all-conference honors and earning WBCA All-America honors.
"We have been very patient with Jess's recruitment," Collen said. "Every program in the country wanted her so it's very significant that she decided to stay home and become a Razorback. This is a young lady that could play any position on the floor if we ask her. She is the true definition of a point forward. She has guard skills in a post player's body.
"The last time an in-state player of her caliber stayed home was Shameka Christon, and Arkansas was in the NCAA Tournament three consecutive years. Jess has the ability to have the same type of impact and more," Collen said.
Jackson is ranked 17th overall in the espnW HoopGurlz Top 100 for the 2013 class. Jackson is a key player in a class that ranks 20th (espnW HoopGurlz) and also includes guards McKenzie Adams, Bria Pitts and Kelsey Brooks as well as forward Khadijah West who signed earlier this week. Collen has said that group might be the greatest collection of guards in school history.
Jackson also considered Georgia, Kentucky, Oklahoma State, Baylor, Texas A&M, Texas and Miami.
"Anytime you beat out a half dozen Final Four programs on a recruit, it's a huge statement for our program," Collen said. "Hopefully it's the first of many to come. I'm so proud of Jess and her dad, Jeff, that they stuck with their hearts and decided to be the cornerstone of building the Arkansas program. Our fans should be very excited and appreciate her loyalty."
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