Why the UGA commitment means so much to Kearis Jackson and family

Want a daily lap through Georgia football recruiting? That’s what the Intel will bring at least five days a week. The topic of the day is going to be about Kearis Jackson. The latest UGA commitment chose the Bulldogs on Saturday afternoon. It was a very special day for his family. 


Kearis Jackson chose Georgia on Saturday afternoon.

His mother Kimberly McGhee said her son never told her. His grandparents had a few ideas. Jackson even coyly left the right T-shirt suggestion for his grandmother.

But his grandfather Ricky Jackson was maybe the happiest. That’s because of how his father and the new 4-star recruit’s great-grandfather felt about Georgia.

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Kearis Jackson (right) and his grandfather Ricky Jackson enjoyed themselves at his commitment party on Aug. 19 in Fort Valley, Ga. (Jeff Sentell / DawgNation)

“My Daddy and all of his folks were Georgia fans,” Ricky Jackson said. “Everyone of them.  My Daddy grew up in Madison. …. He went to the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans back when Herschel Walker was playing. My Daddy was a huge Georgia fan. He went to every one of those Georgia-Florida games.”

His father, Preston Jackson, was also a minister in Fort Valley. He passed away in 2006, but his picture in his pastoral robes still hangs in his son’s home. That’s the home that Kearis basically grew up in.

“He would be so happy about this decision today that he would be dancing all around this yard,” Ricky Jackson said. “He would. That was one of my thoughts when he picked Georgia. I thought about my Daddy. My Dad was literally crazy about Georgia.”

Ricky Jackson was crying. Then he saw his grandson crying.

“I think he saw the emotion that I showed and we all showed and then he started to show it,” Ricky Jackson said. “I probably showed more emotion than he did. I was shedding tears. I was glad. I was glad it was over with.”

Kearis never came out and told any of his family. But he had a hunch.

“I noticed a difference in him the last two days,” Ricky Jackson said. “Kearis didn’t go to a football game on Thursday night. He didn’t go to the Corky Kell. He didn’t go to the Northside and Warner Robins game. He stayed home and I said to myself that all of this is working on him.”

“But then he also said that when he committed he was going to be ready and then he was going to be out there recruiting all the time for his next team.”

Early athletic background

The Jackson family can share some stories about Kearis taking to moving and moving fast at an early age.

“He started walking at eight months,” Ricky Jackson said. “He was already running around a few months after that. I remember telling him when he was two years old to go out our driveway and get the mail. Kearis would take off running to the mailbox. He’d race over there, then get my mail and race right back down the driveway. He would always do that.”

He would not walk anywhere. Everywhere he went, he ran.”

The new Georgia commit was already competing in track events when he was five years old. Those pictures and the vast collection of medals that came from those days adorn the living room of the Jackson family home. That’s where he basically grew up.

“I remember him jumping out of his crib at like six months old,” his mother Kimberly McGhee said. “I heard something and thought it couldn’t be him. He was just six month. Then I heard him hit the floor. He didn’t cry, though.”

They dropped the walls on his bed all the way down when he was six months old. Then he started walking approximately two months later.

“I took him to the track when he was two years old,” McGhee said. “Not for him to work out. I was working out. He just started running. He ran a full lap around a real track when he was two years old. He kept running behind me and telling me to wait but I kept telling him to keep running behind me.”

“He ran a full lap when he was two years old and I remembered thinking to myself that this was a little bit unusual.”

Justin Fields is off to a rousing start

That Fields fella got off to a rousing start in his season opener for Harrison High. The 5-star QB combined for six scores (4 passing, 2 rushing) in a 48-14 home victory against East Paulding.

Fields led the Hoyas to scores on their first two drives and finished with a staggering night. The official team stats reported to DawgNation by the Harrison staff convey the following:

  • The 5-star QB was 11-for-18 for 227 yards with 4 touchdowns and zero interceptions.
  • He also had 12 carries for 158 yards. That 12.8 yard average per attempt was boosted by two scores.
  • His 380 yards of total offense came on just 48 plays. That’s 7.9 yards per Harrison offensive snap.

Harrison will now travel to Rome on Friday in an extremely anticipated match-up with defending GHSA Class 5A state champion Rome High. Harrison, a Class 6A school, got a late fumble recovery at its own 2 to hold off the Wolves by a 22-20 margin.

The rematch will be at Rome this time. The Wolves look to be even better than they were a year ago with a defensive line that’s the best in the state this fall. Every member of the primary playing rotation has a major Division I offer and that includes an LSU commit, a Tennessee commit and also the nation’s No. 2 OLB prospect (Adam Anderson) who has yet to settle on his school.

That game should be the litmus for just how good Fields can be across his senior year.

Are you all caught up on your Intel? Miss a day? Well, the DawgNation recruiting archive will get you up to Mecole Hardman speed before your tailgate crew can worry anymore about all the freshman offensive linemen who will have to play this fall.

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