NEW ORLEANS -- After dropping a team-high 15 points and pulling down seven rebounds in the WBCA All-American game, unsigned senior Jessica Jackson officially announced she has committed to Arkansas. The 6-2 forward, ranked No. 18 in the 2013 Full Court Fresh 50, chose the Razorbacks over Texas and Texas A&M.
"I wanted to stay close to home," said Jackson about her decision. "They've been recruiting me since the ninth grade, they really became like family to me and they are going to be my family for the next four years."
Jackson verbally committed to the Razorbacks last summer, but then didn't officially sign with the school in November, saying she needed more time to weigh her options.
What the Razorbacks get in Jackson is versatility. She demonstrated this during the WBCA game by knocking down two three-pointers as well as scoring off the dribble and coming up big on defense with an impressive blocked shot on 6-5 Mercedes Russell.
Jackson, who guided Jacksonville High School to the Arkansas 5A state championship this year, said she also feels head coach Tom Collen will help her take her game to the next level. "I'm not a complete player yet and in college they are going to make me stronger, quicker and help me get to the next level."
Jackson, who averaged 20 points, 15 rebounds and two blocks per game for the Red Devils this season, was named the Arkansas 5A MVP and was named to the all-state team.
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