Notre Dame Football Recruiting

Elite 2021 OL Donovan Jackson Has Notre Dame On His List

July 2, 2019

DALLAS – As one of the few underclassmen here at The Opening Finals, it’s no surprise that Donovan Jackson‍ has a long list of scholarship offers from some of the best schools around the country.

Back in May, Notre Dame added itself to that group, extending an offer to the 2021 Texas offensive lineman. And in turn, Jackson added the Irish to his list of schools that have his attention. Notre Dame was included along with Ohio State, Texas A&M, Texas, Alabama, Georgia, LSU and Stanford when he was asked which schools are standing out.

It’s the combination of academics and athletics that puts Notre Dame on the list.

“The education and the football,” the 6-foot-4, 308-pounder said. “My family is big on academics. I can’t do anything without a proper degree in college, so Notre Dame is one of those schools I looked at from the beginning.”

Irish offensive line coach Jeff Quinn has also made a solid initial impression.

“Coach Quinn was a great guy from the start talking to me and my family,” said Jackson.

The Episcopal High School star wants to look for a time to get to South Bend and plans to keep in touch with the staff in the meantime.

“Just looking for visits, looking to build a relationship right now,” he said. “It’s hard going from Texas to Indiana, but I’ll try to call, try to text, try to build a relationship from there.”

Jackson said he’d be looking to get a feel for the atmosphere at Notre Dame if and when he does visit.

“I don’t know much about the campus, but I just want to get a feel for what it’s like to be in Indiana,” he continued.

But Jackson says he “probably” will not be able to get to Notre Dame this fall.

“The Texas schools are easy (to visit),” he said. “If I have a free weekend, I can go up there. But going somewhere out of state takes a lot of planning. I’ll talk to my dad about it and we’ll see.”

Jackson has “no idea” when he’ll make a final decision, but the future Business major does have an idea of what he’s looking for in a college.

“I did my research over every school about what they can provide for me marketing-wise, academically and educationally, so I have knowledge moving forward in this process,” he said. “I’ll just see where it takes me.”

He’s enjoyed his time here this week.

“It’s fun being able to compete with the old guys just to prove I am one of the top guys in the country, top 16 linemen, so it’s been fun.”

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