One of the best defensive end prospects in the class of 2022 made his way to Tallahassee last week for an unofficial visit at Florida State. Kenyatta Jackson from Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna Prep met with the FSU coaching staff and briefly toured campus during his visit, which coincided with his team participating in one of the Seminoles’ summer football camps.
Jackson, who is 6-foot-5 and 231 pounds, is considered a four-star prospect and ranked as the No. 76 overall player in the 2022 class.
After his visit concluded, Jackson said FSU sits high on his list, accompanied by Ohio State, Oklahoma and Alabama along with a couple of others. Jackson was excited to finally get the chance to spend some time with coach Mike Norvell and staff in-person.
“They’re the same people over the phone,” said Jackson. “Great people, always keeping it real with me no matter what. We don’t just talk about football, but life in general.”
Jackson said the FSU coaching staff made one thing very clear in their conversations.
“It’s not about just football,” said Jackson. “It’s about your education, then football, then your life after football, then what’s your plan B and plan C.”
He was just as eager to see the coaching style and personalities of the Seminoles’ coaches on the field.
“They stay on you and want you to be successful,” said Jackson. “That’s what I saw out there in the camp.”
Jackson was in Tallahassee in December for an unofficial visit but was not able to meet with the FSU staff because of the NCAA Dead Period running through the season due to Covid.
“My first time on campus was touring it and just looking at the campus, and just doing the photoshoot type stuff just felt great because I can finally get to visit the schools,” Jackson said when asked about the difference between his two visits.
Jackson has already taken two of his five official visits, including a June 4 trip to Alabama and a June 18 trip to Oklahoma. He also was scheduled to visit Oklahoma on June 22 and will visit Ohio State on June 25.
The big question: Did Jackson enjoy his time in Tallahassee last week enough for FSU to get the talented prospect’s last official visit? The competition to land Jackson’s last official visit will be stiff with Clemson, Miami and Oklahoma among the list of schools also vying for that trip.
“I just had a little campus tour, and I didn’t see much, but what I did see from that little campus tour made me want to come back and see the whole thing,” said Jackson.
Pat Burnham contributed to this article. Player rating and position ranking courtesy of 247Sports.