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Tift's Jackson commits to GA Tech

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TIFTON, GA (WALB) -

Tift County point guard Tadric Jackson says he models his game after former Georgia Tech guard Jarrett Jack.

So it makes sense that the four star prospect would want to follow in Jack's footsteps.

Jackson announced his commitment to Georgia Tech Wednesday in front of family and friends at Tift County High's Performing Arts Center.

"It was real tough, real hard," Jackson says, adding he made the decision recently. "I just decided where I wanted to go."

Jackson, the fourth-rated prospect in Georgia by some scouts, chose the Jackets over three SEC schools- Georgia, Alabama, and Ole Miss.

He said it came down to the Dawgs and Tech.

Ultimately though, playing in the ACC, widely regarded as the best conference in college basketball, was too tough to pass up.

"It's the best conference in the world to me," he says. "I want to go be competitive, and go play against the big time players, like the Dukes and the North Carolinas."

"I think Tadric's game, and his attitude and work ethic will fare well anywhere," says Tift Co. head coach Eric Holland. "He's been working extremely hard, and this is the best we've seen him play."

He says he knows he'll have to step up his game at the next level.

"I know I'm athletic," says Jackson. "But when you get in the ACC, you have to be stronger, smarter, and make better decisions."

He says he wants to get stronger, with the goal of one day playing in the NBA.

Jackson's mother wasn't even aware of her son's intentions. He says he actually avoided the house for a few days to keep it a secret from everyone.

"[My mom] just loves me to death, and she's so emotional," Jackson says. "I needed my own time to think about it."

The guard averaged just over 15 points a game his junior season, leading the Blue Devils to the state semifinals.

Jackson can't sign until November, but says he wanted to sign before his senior season began.

"It's just so stressful. I just wanted to get it off my mind, and go through the season with it all in my head," he says. "I also had Alabama, Ole Miss, and Georgia, but now I'm Georgia Tech. So they can go find who they want to go get."

Jackson is the third Tift County player to commit or sign with a Division I school in 10 months.

Brannen Greene, the 2012-2013 Georgia Boys' Basketball Player of the Year, signed with Kansas last season. Donnell Tuff signed with Gardner-Webb after the season.

But Holland doesn't believe his program is finished putting players in D-I programs this season.

"Hopefully, this class will be the one that can put about four or five guys at the Division I level," Holland says.

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