When Kearis Jackson has watched the top wide receivers play in the Under Armour All-America Game through the years, he has hoped for his chance to take his place in that all-star game.
The Peach County standout will get that opportunity in January in Orlando. Jackson received his jersey at a ceremony Wednesday at the Peach County auditorium in front of friends, family, coaches, classmates and teammates.
“Growing up watching this game, I’d be like, ‘Man, I can’t wait to be like one of those, like Julio Jones or Amari Cooper,’ all those guys and seeing them playing,” Jackson said. “Actually, I call this game the receiver game because of all the great receivers playing in this game. I’m just glad to be a part of it.”
Jackson had a strong junior season, and he showcased his talents at summer recruiting events, including Nike’s The Opening. He has carried that momentum over into a dynamic start to his senior season with 13 catches for 293 yards.
“It’s a tremendous honor for him, the community, the school and everybody involved,” Peach County head coach Chad Campbell said. “It’s an exciting time for him.”
Jackson has had a busy month. He committed to Georgia on Aug. 19 and has helped lead his Trojans teammates to a 2-1 start to the season.
Jackson and the the Trojans travel to Mary Persons on Friday in a showdown of two top-10 teams.
“I’m just trying to remain humble, just trying to take everything, just keep my mind focused, stay ready for the season right now,” Jackson said. “I committed, boom, got that out of the way, and right now, getting ready to sign for this Under Armour Game, boom, get it out of the way and now just focus on my season and my teammates and trying to get to the (Mercedes-Benz Stadium for the GHSA finals) this year.”