May 8, 2008

Signee Update: Meet the new #96

UGASports.com has put together this 2008 signee update to give you the opportunity to learn more about the recruit and more about the actual person. We have put together a signee update that give you answers about the signee on and off the field. The featured signee this edition is Toby Jackson.

Part I: Jackson talks Recruiting and UGA


What is your current size and do you have a target weight for your arrival to Georgia?

"Right now I am 6-foot-4 260-pounds and I think I want to keep that."


What is your workout plans for the next few months as you prepare for UGA?

"Mainly it is conditioning. They say my strength will come in Athens they just want me to be fast and fit."


What was your favorite part of the recruiting process?

"I think my favorite part was getting to know different environments and how different coaches interact and run their programs."


What was the least favorite part about the recruiting process?

"The constant calling, calling, calling from coaches and other people."


Is playing as a freshman important?

"It is important to me, but any player would be lying to say different. If I earn the right then I will, but if not then that's ok."


How strong was your relationship with your recruiting coach?

"Me and Coach Garner get along real well. I actually just got off the phone with him a minute ago. We joke around and kid each other a lot."


Did you read any recruiting websites during the process?

" I read some but I try to block the media out. I talk to reporters for tv, radio and internet all the time, but I don't go back and look at opinion too much."


What was the biggest reason you chose Georgia?

"I think it was the tradition and atmosphere. It's a program that is elite and close to home. Why go to Southern Cal or Miami when I have it right here at home."


If you were not heading to Georgia, where you be going to play college football?

"I think I would have been going to Miami if not for UGA."


How was Georgia's recruiting different from the other schools that were pursuing you?

"I liked UGA because they did not focus on me and football. At Georgia they talked to me about growing as a person and they got to know me on a life level. They knew I was good at football but they wanted to make sure I was a good person too and I liked that."


How would you describe Coach Richt?

"he is a Christian man and a big family man. He is not only a coach, but a brother or father figure. We talk about life and he is a mentor to all of us."


What areas of your game do you feel you need to improve on to be successful at UGA?

"I need to improve my speed and also playing under control, sometimes I let it loose and play 100mph sometimes which leads to me overrunning missing plays.."


Part II: Get to know Jackson off the field


What are your three favorite restaurants?

"Mojo's, Pizza Hut, and Hong Kong Chinese."


What CD is in your car right now?

"Trilla by Rick Ross."


What are three of your favorite movies?

"Friday Night Lights, Belly and Friday."


What do you like to do in your free time?

"I like to just hang out with friends and play video games."


Tell us something people may not know about yourself.

"People may not know that I love blues music."


Is there one television show that you just can't miss?

"The Jamie Foxx Show."


Who is the hottest female in entertainment?

"Lisa Ray."


If you could trade places with anyone else in this world, who would it be and why?

"I would want to trade places with Michael Jordan because he was the best of all time. You just cannot go anywhere in the world without hearing or seeing his name. He is the American dream."


Who has had the biggest influence in your life growing up?

"I think it would have to be my dad."


Anything else you want to say to the Bulldog Nation?

"I am excited and ready to get to Athens."


If you have any questions about this update or just want to talk Georgia Recruiting with the Bulldog Nation, then please log onto the UGASports.com premium Recruiting board known as The Vault.

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