EAST LANSING – Everything seems to be magnified in the recruiting world, especially when it comes to a high-profile recruit, and even moreso when a decision is near.
All those things are true in the case of Josh Jackson, the No. 1-ranked recruit in the class of 2016 by some analysts. The Detroiter and senior at Prolific Prep in Napa, Calif., is down to Michigan State, Kansas and Arizona, with a decision possible around the McDonald’s All-America game next week in Chicago.
And various recruiting services have been suggesting since Thursday that MSU may not be in a position of strength with Jackson. That’s all hearsay until he decides, but MSU 2016 signee Cassius Winston was asked about Jackson today after leading U-D Jesuit to a Class A semifinals win over Macomb Dakota.
“I really don’t know,” Winston said of Jackson’s decision. “Wherever he goes, best of luck for him. We’ve talked a couple times, but I couldn’t tell you where he’s going.”
Was Winston suggesting MSU has lost ground with Jackson? Is he just focused on winning a state title and not into answering questions about Jackson?
It’s worth noting what Jackson told the Free Press in December about Winston and MSU signee Miles Bridges and their efforts to persuade him to join them.
“It’s pretty much every time I see him,” Jackson said of Bridges. “Him, Cassius, Nick Ward, Josh Langford — I’m pretty much friends with all those guys and they pretty much attack me all the time trying to get me to commit.”
Bridges and Langford will be with Jackson in Chicago as McDonald’s All-Americans. The game is at 9 p.m. Wednesday (ESPN) at United Center.