Michael Jackson, a top junior cornerback, has elected to return to Miami for his final collegiate season.
Michael Jackson finished his junior season with 43 total tackles, including three for a loss, and one sack. He was tied for the team lead with four interceptions, and also logged four passes defensed and one fumble recovery for the 10-3 'Canes, champions of the ACC Coastal Division.
His return will be a huge boon for Mark Richt's 2018 squad, which also brings back safety Jaquan Johnson. The secondary has the potential to be very strong for Miami next fall.
Jackson announced his return via Twitter.
His full note:
"I want to first thank God for all the blessings in my life and the ability to play this wonderful game of football. There aren't enough words to express how grateful I am of the opportunity the University of Miami has provided me. My life-long dream is to play in the NFL. I begin everyday praying that the Lord order my steps on this journey called life. Always been taught finish what you started, so I am returning for my senior season to obtain my degree and finish what me and my brothers have started."
He will once again join Johnson, who made his goal for 2018 clear when he announced his return earlier in the week: a national championship. From the Sun-Sentinel:
“I could sort of sense it in people's voice that they wanted me to just leave, but you know, I make my own decisions. My dad taught me that. My mom taught me that. And they tell me, make my decisions and live with it,” Johnson said last week of his decision to either declare for the NFL draft or return to Miami for his senior year. “I knew I would do four years, assuming I came to Miami, and that was the plan. I want to get my degree and play for a National Championship.”
Miami will also add what is currently the nation's No. 6 recruiting class to a program that just appeared in the ACC Championship Game and the Orange Bowl