Jackson recently visited the Northwestern campus and was very impressed with the program.
"They're moving in the right direction," Jackson said. "They know they didn't have the season they wanted and because they know that, they're working towards the Big 10 title."
His solid first impression of the school isn't rooted solely from just being around the players; instead, it comes from a positive exchange with Coach Pat Fitzgerald.
"He seems like a real nice guy, someone you can trust, Jackson said. "I like how he's going to be there for pretty much a lifetime, they're saying."
The pieces are starting to fit together for Coach Fitzgerald, and Jackson believes the program's future is bright.
"Everyone sees them mainly as an academic school, Jackson said. "I think the football part of them will surprise people. They have a pretty young core of players right now so once that starts clicking they'll be well on their way to a Big Ten title."
Jackson isn't prepared to state where he intends to play college ball at, just yet. However, he says his favorite schools include: Wisconsin, Northwestern, and Michigan State.
And whichever school the superstar lands at, he says one thing must be for certain.
"They have to be going in the right direction in the next four years," Jackson said. "They have to be a school you feel you can be at for the next four years, whether I'm playing football or not."
Next up for the junior are stops at Michigan State on February 25th, followed by a visit to Minnesota's Junior Day.
Jackson is still looking at different colleges, but a school would have to surprise him with an offer to earn his consideration. Jackson says he'd like to finish his recruiting process at "the start of our season, just so it'll be off my mind."