3-star Florida WR talks Vanderbilt

Kalif Jackson

Kalif Jackson has received 10 D-1 offers this spring lifting his overall total to 27. The rangy 6-foot-4, 200-pound wide receiver out of Duncan U. Fletcher High School in Neptune Beach, Fla. saw his SEC offer list double to two when he spoke with new Vanderbilt wide receiver coach, Marc Lubick.

"The Vanderbilt offer came two days ago," Kalif Jackson told VandyMania.com. "I received a message to call Coach Lubick. He said he liked a lot of things about me like my ability to stretch the field and beat people deep, how well I can go up and get the ball, my size, and that I can get it done in the classroom.

"I got a good feeling when I was offered. I was glad it finally came. Last summer, I camped at Vanderbilt and was hoping that I'd get the offer. I know they got a new staff, but I've only talked with Coach Lubick. I've been talking to my parents about summer visits. I'm hoping to get back [to Nashville] to meet the rest of the coaches."

Jackson received his first SEC offer from Missouri as a sophomore. Among Jackson's 27 offers include six Big Ten offers, five ACC offers, a Pac-12 offer (Cal), and a Big 12 offer (West Virginia).

This weekend Jackson attended a 7-on-7 camp in Gainesville and caught the attention of the Florida coaching staff.

"I thought I did pretty well," Jackson said on his camp performance. "I scored the most touchdowns for my team. Coach Muschamp and Coach [Joker] Phillips came up and told me that they're extremely interested.

"I'm still pretty open with my recruiting. I'm not in a big rush to make a decision. I'm looking for a stable coaching staff. My brother went to Princeton and the first year he was there the staff was let go. So, I'd like to go to a program where I know the coaches will be there."

As a junior in 2013, Jackson became a starter at Fletcher. He had 30 catches for more than 800 yards and eight touchdowns. He took All-District and All-Conference honors. Jackson feels big things are in store for the Senators in the coming season.

"We have too much talent that anything less than a state championship will be considered a failure," he stated. "In my three years we've made the final four twice and the elite eight last year. I think this is the year we take the next step. It feels like it's time. With our senior class, I think we'll have at least six D-1 players."

Jackson said his mother is a University of Florida grad so the Gators could potentially be tough to beat if they do indeed offer. He also has relatives in Starkville. Jackson says he's very interested in a Political Science major.

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