Recruiting Elmarko Jackson: Closed

Ramlove81

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i would be thrilled to get elmarko. highlight of my year. although i don’t think vcu gets the 28th player in the nation.
I think we have a chance, though it's an outside chance. Great thing about this year is our second and third choices are mostly top 100ish+ players. Seems like we are looking for a point/combo guard and a forward that can play inside and out. We have some great options for both. But wouldn't Elmarko and Dillon James be something.
 

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He would definitely be the highest ranked recruit for VCU in the modern recruiting era (and it wouldn’t even be close for 2nd), which means I’m not getting my hopes up. I don’t count Kendrick in that because recruiting rankings were in their infancy back then.
 

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i would be thrilled to get elmarko. highlight of my year. although i don’t think vcu gets the 28th player in the nation.
I think we have a chance, though it's an outside chance. Great thing about this year is our second and third choices are mostly top 100ish+ players. Seems like we are looking for a point/combo guard and a forward that can play inside and out. We have some great options for both. But wouldn't Elmarko and Dillon James be something.
He would definitely be the highest ranked recruit for VCU in the modern recruiting era (and it wouldn’t even be close for 2nd), which means I’m not getting my hopes up. I don’t count Kendrick in that because recruiting rankings were in their infancy back then.

The way things are shaping up, I'd say VCU has a pretty good chance of getting one of his 5 official visits.

In my book, my prediction is Kansas, UCLA, Maryland, Miami and VCU.

Beyond, our chances depend in whether VCU gets one of his first 2 visits. If he goes to UCLA, Maryland and Kansas first then it's all over.

I will say this. At the moment, Elmarko's mom leans toward Maryland and UCLA while Elmarko likes Miami and VCU.

Kansas has yet to offer but Elmarko seems to be Jayhawks waiting an offer soon from the jayhawks.
 
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The way things are shaping up, I'd say VCU has a pretty good chance of getting one of his 5 official visits.

In my book, my prediction is Kansas, UCLA, Maryland, Miami and VCU.

Beyond, our chances depend in whether VCU gets one of his first 2 visits. If he goes to UCLA, Maryland and Kansas first then it's all over.

I will say this. At the moment, Elmarko's mom leans toward Maryland and UCLA while Elmarko likes Miami and VCU.

Kansas has yet to offer but Elmarko seems to be Jayhawks waiting an offer soon from the jayhawks.
1. There’s a debate to be had about whether you want to be the first visit or the last.
2. Never bet against mom in these things.
 

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The way things are shaping up, I'd say VCU has a pretty good chance of getting one of his 5 official visits.

In my book, my prediction is Kansas, UCLA, Maryland, Miami and VCU.

Beyond, our chances depend in whether VCU gets one of his first 2 visits. If he goes to UCLA, Maryland and Kansas first then it's all over.

I will say this. At the moment, Elmarko's mom leans toward Maryland and UCLA while Elmarko likes Miami and VCU.

Kansas has yet to offer but Elmarko seems to be Jayhawks waiting an offer soon from the jayhawks.
wasn’t aware kansas hasn’t offered yet. raises my hopes from 0 to 5 out of 100
 

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An Emarko Jackson and Jalal Mckie sighting!!


Also, it's a nice EJ writeup!


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Elmarko Jackson is a 6-foot-3, 185 lbs senior combo guard who attends South Kent School in South Kent, Connecticut. He played his grassroots with We R1 on the Under Armour circuit.
Jackson, who is widely considered as a four-star recruit, recently cut down his list to 11 schools: Kansas, Maryland, Louisville, Notre Dame, VCU, Texas, UCLA, Villanova, Virginia, Miami, and Michigan.
Jackson has been one of the biggest risers in the 2023 class due to his outstanding play over the course of the summer. I got a chance to watch him play in person at the UAA Finals in Chicago back in July and was wildly impressed with his performance.
For starters, let’s talk about his physicals. With his frame, he’s almost built like a wide receiver. A great vertical athlete, he was seen frequently catching alley-oops and playing above the rim. His glaring strength allows him to finish plays through contact.
Perhaps the first thing that I noticed about him was how fast he is. At this level, he seems nearly impossible to stay in front of in transition.
Jackson was the engine behind the talented We R1 squad that made it to the final four before being taken down by the eventual champions, Team Thrill.
On the defensive end, he uses his size, quickness, and anticipation to get after it and cause havoc for opponents. He also seems to have pretty good length at his position. This, along with gives reason to believe in the defensive upside of Jackson.
Jackson shared point guard duties with ‘24 PJ James for We R1. His improved decision-making is why I would consider him more of a point guard than a combo, but he should be capable of playing both guard spots at the next level, especially if the three-point shot develops. The knock on Jackson used to be that he too often relied on his physical tools to create advantages and make plays. The game seems to have slowed down for him and he much more frequently picks apart defenses with his passing and overall playmaking ability.
Overall, he’s a skilled guard that possesses pretty much all the tools that you would want from your primary ball-handler.
A proven winner and leader, Elmarko Jackson was the player that most impressed me this summer. I expect him to continue to climb up the rankings in the upcoming months and make a push for that fifth star.


After trimming down his list two weeks ago, expect a commitment announcement coming sometime in the fall.
 
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The four-star took his lone official visit to Maryland in June. However, Jackson has taken some unofficial visits. Early in the process, Jackson did visit Seton Hall, Maryland, St. John’s, Miami, and VCU. He’s recently visited UCLA

Four of those six schools made his final 11.

In Jackson’s words​

“I want to go to a school with a nice campus energy,” Jackson said. “One where everybody is cohesive and gets along. I want to play for a coach who is hard on their players, but not in an irrational way, but wants to make their players better. Playing with a group of guys who just gets along with each other will be big too.

“I do want to play in an offense that lets their guards have a lot of freedom. Playing in the pick and roll with a lot of options and reads, but also get out in transition.”

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Thoughts and intel​

While Elmarko Jackson has kept things close to the chest, there are some programs he has consistently spoken highly of. Jim Larranaga of Miami was front and center for most of Jackson’s games in July. He visited the campus unofficially and consistently speaks about his relationship with the staff.

Villanova is a school I expect to be in the thick of things. They are somewhat of a hometown school; there is familiarity and comfort. Kyle Neptune continues to build the relationship, and there is a lot of smoke around the Wildcats right now.

Two more schools to watch are UCLA and Texas. They each came in a little late but have pressed hard and let it known Jackson is wanted. Jackson reportedly enjoyed his time on an unofficial to UCLA earlier this month.
Jackson’s next step is to drop a top-five; I expect these four schools to be part of the five. Kevin Willard’s staff laid the groundwork while at Seton Hall, and things carried over to Maryland; they may be able to carry over some momentum as well. Maryland has gotten the only official visit to this point. Maryland took Deshawn Harris-Smith to play primarily on the ball; we will see if that has an effect here. Virginia is another interesting one as they have targeted Jackson on their point guard board. They are positioning themselves to get a visit.
As things stand, watch for Miami and Villanova to be players here until the end.

Jackson is in no rush to make a decision. Look for him to schedule Fall official visits to each of his top five schools, and the plan, for now, is to decide during the winter.

Jackson’s scouting report​

Elmarko Jackson is a strong-framed, long-armed lead guard. He is built like he’s already been in a college strength and conditioning program for a couple of years. Jackson is a jet-quick lead guard, one of the fastest in the country, with the ball in his hands. The jump shot can get flat, but he’s shooting it better off the bounce. He has upside on the defensive end and is developing his reads in the half-court. At 6-4/200 with great speed on the ball is eye-opening. His dad played football at Temple, and his uncle played football at Michigan.".
 
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