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Georgia lands former UConn recruit Jackson

By By The Sports Xchange
Published On: Jul 07 2014 05:27:45 PM CDT
Updated On: Jul 08 2014 10:49:18 AM CDT
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Point guard Will "Turtle" Jackson has decommitted from the University of Connecticut to stay closer to home to play for the University of Georgia.

Jackson committed to the national champion UConn Huskies in February, but the 6-foot-4 Athens, Ga., native had second thoughts after evaluating coach Kevin Ollie's deep backcourt.

"They have a lot of guards and they signed a couple," Jackson told Scout.com. "We just thought me going somewhere else would help (and) would be better for my future."

Jackson, who averaged 23.7 points, 7.7 assists and 6.7 rebounds per game for Athens Christian last season, is Georgia's first committment for Georgia's 2015 class. He is the No. 34 overall prospect, according to Scout.com.

"Coach (Mark) Fox and Coach (Jonas) Hayes played a big role in my decision to switch," Jackson told Rivals. "Even after I committed to Connecticut, they still told me they will support me. They always told me what I needed to work on and that really helped me out. They never gave up on me."

Jackson is the second guard to decommit from Ollie's program, with Prince Ali saying in May that he is keeping his options open for now.