Jer­ri­ale Jack­son con­tin­ues LFO pipe­line to GNTC

Walker County Messenger - - Sports - By Scott Herpst

There is no truth to the ru­mor that the Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Lady Bob­cats will change col­ors from navy blue and sil­ver to red and white next season, but their 2018 sign­ing class is be­gin­ning to take on a de­cid­edly LFO-ish hue.

Head coach David Stephenson signed his third player from Lake­view-Fort Oglethorpe this season on Thurs­day, June 7 as the ath­letic Jer­ri­ale Jack­son cast her lot with the Lady Bob­cats sur­rounded by friends and fam­ily dur­ing a cer­e­mony at the high school.

Jack­son, a mul­ti­sport star for the Lady War­riors, said that she was ex­cited to get play ball at the col­lege level.

“It means I get to fur­ther my ed­u­ca­tion, plus I still get the abil­ity to play bas­ket­ball,” she ex­plained. “I’m happy to get to go on to the next level. I knew I wasn’t ready to leave home and I know I wasn’t ready to give up bas­ket­ball.

“I ran track and I played vol­ley­ball (in high school), but bas­ket­ball is my sport. I have a pas­sion for those other sports too, but as I got closer to the end of the school year, I just knew (bas­ket­ball) was the one sport I wasn’t ready to give up.”

LFO head coach De­wayne Watkins said Ge­or­gia North­west­ern was get­ting a great player and a great per­son in Jack­son, who started for the Lady War­riors for three sea­sons.

“She’s played what­ever role we needed her to play,” Watkins said. “She’s done so many other things for us, like re­bound, play de­fense on the other team’s best player, han­dle the ball and push the tempo. She can do ev­ery­thing, but one of the things she wants to do is work on her of­fen­sive skills. She has the ca­pa­bil­ity (to be a good of­fen­sive player) and I think she’ll be a great fit.

“Plus, she’s an awe­some leader. She grad­u­ated with hon­ors, so she’s great in the class­room and she’s a great team­mate. She’s been a cap­tain for us the last three years as well, so Coach Stephenson is get­ting a good one.”

Stephenson said Jack­son’s ath­letic gifts im­me­di­ately stood out when watch­ing her play.

“We’re get­ting an­other ath­letic per­son, who like (re­cent GNTC signee) Lyric (Cur­tis), can play mul­ti­ple spots for us on the floor and help us on the press,” he ex­plained. “We re­ally want to press more this year than we ever have. We haven’t been able to do it as much (in re­cent years) be­cause of ath­leti­cism and num­bers, but I think we’re go­ing to have more of both this year.

“Play­ing at LFO, I think she just had so much tal­ent around her that she had to take a back seat some­times, of­fen­sively. How­ever, I don’t see her hav­ing to do that with us.”

While Jack­son is eye­ing more of­fen­sive pos­ses­sions with the ball in her hands, she said she plans on bring­ing her usual hus­tle and ag­gres­sive style on the de­fen­sive end to GNTC.

“I’m go­ing to bring a lot of en­ergy and I’m go­ing to try to give it my all,” she added. “I just don’t give up, so I’m just go­ing to keep push­ing my­self.”

Jack­son joins Kay Kay Berotte and Gra­cen Hobbs as Lady Bob­cat signees from LFO’s 2018 se­nior class.

“If the kids that come and play here want to go on to col­lege and play, my goal as a coach is to find them an op­por­tu­nity and Ge­or­gia North­west­ern has been great,” Watkins added. “We’ve had sev­eral play­ers go there and this is prob­a­bly the best group we’ve ever sent them. There are some play­ers that can score and all of them can de­fend. I think they’re go­ing to be a part of some­thing special there.”

Jack­son said she is con­sid­er­ing bi­ol­ogy as a ma­jor.

LFO grad­u­ate Jer­ri­ale Jack­son (seated, sec­ond from right) signed her let­ter of in­tent on Thurs­day, June 7 to play bas­ket­ball for Ge­or­gia North­west­ern Tech­ni­cal Col­lege. Also on hand for the cer­e­mony was (front row, from left) Jer­rian Jack­son, Anita...

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