2013 PG Target Demetrius Jackson to Decide Soon

Demetrius Jackson, a 2013 Mishawaka point guard, stated on his own (public) twitter account that he has moved up his decision timetable unexpectedly and then later confirmed to others that he plans on making a decision by or during Christmas Break. For Michigan State, it appears to be Jackson or bust at point guard for 2013. Prospects such as Jalen James and Derrick Walton are headed to opposing Big Ten schools while other in-state players like Monte Morris and Denzel Watts are not receiving significant interest from MSU. Even though Dowagiac G Dontel Highsmith has been destroying the competition, he stills appears to be a darkhorse to garner an MSU offer.

Jackson's sudden announcement suggests that something has happened to change his recruitment. Earlier this month, he stated no intention to rush things and wanted to take his time. It's not crystal clear who has given Demetrius committable offers but it appears that Notre Dame, Butler, MSU, and possibly Indiana are the leaders vying for his services. He would be a curious fit for Michigan State. The 2013 roster may already have a senior Keith Appling, a junior Trice, and sophomore Denzel Valentine. Looking beyond, Michigan State has been heavily pursuing elite 2014 PG Tyus Jones of Minnesota. There are currently only two open scholarship spots for 2013 with the possibility of one more being available due to attrition. With one almost definitely reserved for Jabari Parker and the academic waiting-game on James Young, accepting a commitment from Jackson would pack the house a bit and fill a position that isn't a need. Recently, ND's Mike Brey was in to watch Demetrius and this smells like a Fighting Irish commitment to me but that's just a guess.

On the flip, Jackson has been someone who gets more and more praise as his game develops and might end up a solid college talent. There are definitely opinions out there preferring him to the other PGs I've previously mentioned. In the name of brevity and spreading the blog love, Indiana's InsidetheHall has a nice recruit page on Jackson and has collected the numerous videos of him in action. You can judge for yourself how he'd look in Green & White.

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