Will Jackson Interview
Sr. / Georgia Tech / OG
Updated - 3-3-14
By: Alex Khvatov
Alex Khvatov: What are your measurements (height, weight and forty time)?
Will Jackson: I just measured in at 6’4 and 304 pounds. I haven’t run the forty time live during my training. I think that I am right around a 5.2 or a 5.3.
Alex Khvatov: What schools showed interest in you when you were coming out of high school?
Will Jackson: Back in high school, I was recruited by a lot of schools. My top four schools were Stanford, Georgia Tech, Tennessee and Auburn. UCLA, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Louisville were after me as well.
Alex Khvatov: Why did you choose Georgia Tech?
Will Jackson: I liked the combination of athletics and academics. Plus it was an opportunity to stay close to home. They were coming off a great season. It was Paul Johnson’s first season at the school. They just beat UGA that previous year. I thought that I could be a part of something special.
Alex Khvatov: Where are you currently training for the NFL Draft?
Will Jackson: I am working out at Johns Creek, Georgia. I am working with Ryan Goldin and the G.A.T.A. staff. They do a lot of Combine prep.
Alex Khvatov: Tell us about your career with the Yellow Jackets.
Will Jackson: I was a four-year starter. I came in as a freshman and beat a couple of older guys. I started over 40 games. I made an impact. I was able to stay on the field. I am particularly proud of it.
Alex Khvatov: What are your strengths?
Will Jackson: My strengths are my athleticism and quick feet. I bend well, and it helps me be successful on the field. I am a cerebral player. I am intelligent. I pick up on tendencies. I usually know what will happen before the snap. I know my assignments.
Alex Khvatov: What areas of your game do you need to improve upon?
Will Jackson: Right now, I am just working on the pro-style things. I am coming out of the option offense. That is the biggest concern.
Alex Khvatov: You were able to showcase your talent at the College All-Star Bowl in Greenville, South Carolina. Describe that experience as a whole.
Will Jackson: It was great. But I felt bad for everyone involved. Greenville, South Carolina was hit with the worst snowstorm that they haven’t seen in years. We just had one practice with pads on and the game. The snow melted away before the game, so it wasn’t too terrible. There was a lot of competition there. I competed against guys from top schools. It was a good week.
Alex Khvatov: What did you show scouts during the week?
Will Jackson: I wanted to show that I am not a finished product. I wanted to show that I am capable of playing in a pro scheme. I wanted to show them my athletic ability and hand power. I wanted to prove that I have the intellect to pick up the game.
Alex Khvatov: What is the highlight of your football career up to this point?
Will Jackson: I would say that it was beating Southern Cal at the Sun Bowl. They had great players including Matt Barkley. They were ranked No.1 early in the year. It was apparent that USC wasn’t too wild about playing at the Sun Bowl. We beat them by two or three scores. It was a good victory for us.
Alex Khvatov: Who is your favorite NFL player?
Will Jackson: I am from Tennessee. I loved watching Steve McNair play. He was tough and competitive. He is the epitome of what a football player should be. He is one of the all-time greats.
Alex Khvatov: Who was the toughest player that you have faced during your career?
Will Jackson: The toughest college player that I went up against was Joe Vellano from Maryland. He played the three-technique. He played so hard. He was good with his hands. He was quick. He was a good football player. He caught on as an undrafted free agent. He is with the Patriots right now. He actually started for them at the end of the year.
Alex Khvatov: What do you enjoy most about playing football?
Will Jackson: I love to compete. Even If I am playing a video game or going through an agility drill, I compete against other guys. I also love team camaraderie. Being in locker room with my teammates was great. I had a relationship with those guys. It is something that I will miss.
Alex Khvatov: What are your hobbies?
Will Jackson: I am a huge movie buff. I watch just about anything. I am kind of a nerd. I like to read about politics and economy.
Alex Khvatov: What is the best movie that you have seen recently?
Will Jackson: The Wolf of Wall Street.
Alex Khvatov: What do you plan to do with your life after your football career is over?
Will Jackson: I think that I will work on Wall Street. I was an intern at an investment bank. I loved it. I couldn’t get enough of it.
Alex Khvatov: What are you planning to showcase at your Pro Day?
Will Jackson: I want to show that I can make a transition from an option offense to a pro-style scheme. Option offense gets negative connotation. I want to show good technique. I want to do well in all of the testing drills.
Alex Khvatov: What is the biggest lesson that you have learned in life thus far?
Will Jackson: When people tell me that I can’t do something, it motivates me even more. I keep working hard in order to accomplish my goal. I want to shove it in the face of those people that doubted me. I take pride in proving people wrong.
Alex Khvatov: Which underclassman on your team should we keep an eye on next season?
Will Jackson: Honestly, the guy to watch is receiver DeAndre Smelter. It was his first year playing football since high school. He was a baseball player. He is strong as an ox. He went out for football last fall. He started and competed. He should develop and take off.
Alex Khvatov: Finish the sentence, Will Jackson is….
Will Jackson: A guy that works hard and pushes through adversity. I find ways to achieve my goals.
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