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By BJ Bennett
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Jaylen Jackson is the type of player whose role won't be limited, as his abilities are quite many.

Jaylen Jackson is, in many ways, the quintessential Georgia Tech recruit: athletic, dynamic and versatile. He fits right into the formula Paul Johnson has implemented over the years, one of bringing in functional talent, even if a true position isn't yet defined, and letting the skill find its way into the scheme. Jackson is the type of player whose role won't be limited, as his abilities are quite many.

Originally committed to Cincinnati, Jackson made of change of plans after a late visit to Atlanta. He pledged to the Yellow Jackets a few days before the early signing period, making the move official on Wednesday. The trip to Georgia Tech proved to be the difference, with Jackson connecting with various aspects of the program while on-site. A number of factors led to his final decision. 

"I had a bond with the players while I was up there, I had a great time," Jackson explained. "The education is very good there and it's close to home."

At 6'0'', 193 pounds, Jackson comes with options. A multi-sport star at Brunswick High School, winning a state championship in basketball early in his prep career, Jackson did it all for the Pirates this past season. He caught 26 passes for 505 yards and six touchdowns playing in a spread-scheme, recorded three interceptions defensively and averaging over ten yards per punt return. Jackson literally lined up all over the field. 

Where Jackson projects at the next level is yet to be determined, an exciting possibility for an intriguing young player. A-Back or defensive back, along with the potential of special teams, all appear to be in play. 

"I'm not sure yet," he shared. "They told me offense or defense."

The same traits that allowed Jackson to excel as a point guard in basketball were the same ones that helped him develop into a top prospect on the football field; that potential is one Johnson and the Georgia Tech coaches clearly see.

"I have great ball skills, the ability to move and I'm quick," Jackson concluded.

It's too early to say where Jackson fits in just yet, though what he could be has long been on display.

BJ Bennett - B.J. Bennett is SouthernPigskin.com's founder and publisher. He is the co-host of "Three & Out" with Kevin Thomas and Ben Troupe on the "Southern Pigskin Radio Network". Email: bj@espncoastal.com / Twitter: @BJBennettSports