The Valdosta Daily Times
Students, teachers, family, and coaches all gathered in the Lowndes High School gymnasium on Wednesday morning to witness one of the school’s most beloved players, Tre Jackson, sign to play football with the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets next fall.
“It’s a huge accomplishment,” said Jackson. “I’ve worked all my life for this moment and it’s about to actually happen. It’s like a dream come true. I’m just blessed to have the opportunity to do it, and I’m just so thankful for everyone who has been able to help me through the process and give me my motivation and the push that I needed.”
The 5-foot-10, 225-pound Jackson has started at middle-linebacker at Lowndes High for the last three seasons, becoming the heart and soul of the Vikings’ powerful defense.
Jackson credits his accomplishment to his coaches, teammates, and everyone who has supported him and the Vikings over the years.
“This team means everything to me,” said Jackson. “This community, this staff, all the people that make up this Viking community mean everything to me. It’s made me the player I am today. I’ll always know exactly where I came from.”
As a junior, Jackson led Lowndes with 45 tackles, including 3.5 tackles for losses. He also had two interceptions and recovered two fumbles.
Jackson improved on those numbers in a stellar senior campaign as he led the Vikings in tackles with 67, 8.5 of those tackles coming in the backfield while notching two interceptions, a forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries.
Jackson had the option to sign with plenty of teams, but he knew Georgia Tech was the choice for him.
“I just knew it, because when I went up there I fit so well with the coaches, with the student community, and with the rest of my teammates,” said Jackson. “They just made me feel at home every step of the way. They took care of me and they made me feel like when I got there I would be taken care of no matter what.”
After holding a leadership role as a senior many players experience difficulty adjusting to a new niche, but Jackson wants to be a leader from day one with the Yellow Jackets.
“I’m going to do it the same way I did it my (high school) freshman year,” said Jackson. “Obviously, you have to go up there with the right mindset. You got to go up there wanting to work hard. You got to go up there knowing you want to be a leader in the first place.”
Jackson will begin attending classes at Georgia Tech this spring.