Jessup (Ga.) Wayne County High athlete Malique Jackson is one of 15 players committed to the FSU 2014 recruiting class. (CHRIS HAYS/ORLANDO SENTINEL)
When FSU offensive line coach Rick Trickett went to Wayne County High School in Jessup, Ga., to pay a visit to Malique Jackson, he was not there.
Much to the surprise of the veteran coach, Jackson was out on the golf course.
“Yeah, we had a golf match that day. We were playing at states,” said Jackson, who is not only the Wayne County quarterback, but also the No. 3 golfer on the varsity team. “Yeah he kinda like snapped … he was like, ‘You play golf?’ He was pretty funny, but I get that all the time.”
Jackson said he doesn’t think Trickett plays golf, but when he gets to Florida State, he might have a golf partner in Seminoles’ head coach Jimbo Fisher.
“I told him when I get there we have to get out and play,” said Jackson, who committed to the Seminoles 2014 recruiting class this past weekend after three days at the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp.
Jackson not only plays golf, but he also put on quite a variety show for FSU coaches during the camp.
Wednesday he worked out as a quarterback, then Thursday he showed his skills as a wide receiver, and Friday he closed the camp with a performance at cornerback.
FSU like him at every position, but the latter sold the Seminoles coaching staff. He already knew he would accept the offer, immediately.
“They were ready for me to come down and on the first day Coach Jeremy Pruitt, he already said he was going to offer me if things went well,” Jackson said. “And I had talked to my parents the night before I left and told them if they offered me that I was going to commit.”
Pruitt offered, Jackson committed and the Seminoles recruiting class of 2014 now stands at 15.
Pruitt’s comfort level with the ‘Noles has been building since his cousin Tre’ Jackson signed with FSU out of Wayne County High in 2011. Jackson has been the ‘Noles starting right guard since the 2011 Champs Sports Bowl against Notre Dame.
“Ever since he started playing there I’ve been liking what I was seeing,” Malique Jackson said. “I just wanted to check it out for myself … I fell in love with it.”
Jackson’s trip to camp last week was his second unofficial visit to Tallahassee, his first coming on junior day back in March.
He said it doesn’t really matter to him which position he plays once he gets to FSU.
“I just want to get on the field,” Jackson said. “I want to be able to play and if I can get to the next level I know FSU will help sell my name.”
The 5-foot-11, 170-pound athlete passed for more than 1,500 yards at Wayne County last season and also ran for just more than 900 yards, scoring nine touchdowns.
“Coach Pruitt said when I get there they’ll probably move me around a little bit and see where I fit best,” Jackson said. “But he likes me as a DB.”
Jackson has built a good relationship with Pruitt, who is in his first year with FSU as defensive coordinator/defensive back coach. He came over from Alabama following the Crimson Tide’s BCS Championship Game win over Notre Dame.
“He’s a pretty good coach. I like his background coming from Alabama and all,” Jackson said.
He also said he’s built a good relationship with Trickett,