Demetrius Jackson to Notre Dame: Irish Reportedly Land Coveted 5-Star Recruit

Sam WestmorelandFeatured ColumnistSeptember 27, 2012

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Demetrius Jackson reportedly decided to attend Notre Dame on Thursday, giving the Irish one of the most highly sought-after 5-star recruits in the country, and arguably the best point guard in this year's recruiting class. 

According to a report from the Champaign Post-Gazette's Paul Klee, Jackson told Illinois' coaches that he would not be attending school there earlier today.

Demetrius Jackson has informed the Illinois coaching staff he'll attend ND, source says. More here from @davetelep:

— Paul Klee (@PKlee_IlliniHQ) September 27, 2012

Jackson is a major get for an Irish team that has struggled to recruit elite talent from its home state. The 6'1", 185-pound point guard attended Marian High School in Mishawaka, Ind.


What Jackson Brings to the Team

Jackson is one of the best point guard prospects in the country this year, with the speed, strength and athleticism to make him an elite scorer immediately. He's great driving to the hoop and creating chances, and he has range beyond the three-point line. 

The young point guard has already shown great leadership skills, and a knack for creating shots for teammates. His ball skills are fantastic, and he'll abuse guards who play off him all day long. 

He's inconsistent beyond the arc, but he can get hot from deep when the mood strikes him. He's much more confident in his shot from inside three-point range, but with a little work in Mike Brey's system, the young guard should become a lethal shooter from deep. 


Freshman Impact

The Irish finally have the elite prospect they've been missing for years under Mike Brey, and he just so happens to fill a major need for them. While the Irish still have sharpshooting guards Jerian Grant and Eric Atkins, neither one has the considerable talent and upside that Jackson brings to the table.

It's unclear whether Brey will throw his young talent into the fray as a starter immediately next season, but with his scoring touch and ability to get into the lane, you can bet that Jackson is going to play a major role for the Irish, regardless of whether he comes in off the bench or starts. He gives Brey the kind of creator and scorer he needs, and Jackson will certainly help to offset the loss of leading scorer Tim Abromaitis, who was not given a sixth year of eligibility by the NCAA.

Overall, this is a fantastic recruit for the Irish as someone who will fit brilliantly into their system. They struggled to score consistently last year, averaging 66 points per game, good for 203rd in the country. With Jackson in the fold, expect that average to spike considerably in the coming years.