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Four-star 2020 guard Zeb Jackson commits to Michigan

James Hawkins
The Detroit News
Zeb Jackson

Michigan has made an early splash with its 2020 recruiting class.

On Tuesday, the Wolverines landed a commitment from four-star Maumee (Ohio) guard Zeb Jackson one month after extending an offer.

Jackson announced his college decision on Twitter in a video that featured him reenacting memorable Michigan moments in the NCAA Tournament, like Trey Burke's deep 3-pointer against Kansas in 2013 and Jordan Poole's buzzer-beater against Houston last season.

Jackson told WTVG 13abc the main reason he picked picked Michigan over his other six finalists — Michigan State, Purdue, Ohio State, Marquette, Butler and Arizona State — was because of his relationship with coach John Beilein and the rest of his staff.

"Their assistant coach, Coach Dre (DeAndre Haynes), that was the first coach I met in my recruitment when he was at Toledo and I was in like eighth grade," Jackson said. "Every time I’m there, it feels like home."

Jackson (6-foot-3, 160 pounds) is rated the second-best prospect in Ohio and No. 66 recruit in the nation in the 247Sports Composite rankings. His AAU team, C2K Elite, is also coached by Michigan junior guard Zavier Simpson's father, Quincey.

Jackson was the first 2020 prospect to receive an offer from the Wolverines and is the first commit in the class. He said he originally planned to make his decision after his junior season, but the process sped up when he cut his list down and it became clear where he wanted to go.

"I just know it’ll be a great fit for me — the playing style, learning the way that they play and how they play defense," he said. 

And while Jackson still has two years of high school ball left before he arrives in Ann Arbor, he said his mind is made and his pledge is unwavering.

“Me and family, we talked about this before I made my decision. When we commit, we commit," he said.

As it sits, Jackson’s commitment leaves one available scholarship left for 2020-21, but that doesn’t take into account any possible roster departures the next two offseasons.

Michigan also appears set with its 2019 class that includes four-star wing Jalen Wilson and four-star combo guard Cole Bajema.


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