On Wednesday morning at around 11 a.m., Jackson Forbes announced his college decision at his high school, Pope John Paul II (Texas). Forbes was down to Princeton, Yale, Rice, Temple and Rice, which he had all visited over the past two months or so. When I spoke with Jackson along with his godmother about a week ago, they made it clear that this was a fairly close race, as he cut his list of school options from 27 to 5.
Once the clock hit 11 a.m., Jackson sat down at a desk alongside a few of his family members and his high school coach. It was surely an exciting day for him and his family, as he was on the verge of committing to a Division-1 basketball program. Reality was about to set in for Forbes, as his childhood dream of playing basketball at the college level and potentially attending an Ivy League school was all on the verge of happening.
After a few minutes of settling in at his announcement, he then announced his decision to the group of media attending the press conference. There was a smile on Jackson’s face, and the entire thing felt surreal.
That decision we’ve all been anticipating for a number of days was finally announced and made official. Jackson tied the knot and announced that he’ll be a Princeton Tiger on a full basketball scholarship and attend the Ivy League school that he dreamt about since the young age of 8.
“Jackson has always dreamed about attending an Ivy League school,” Forbes’ godmother informed Owls247. “At the end of the day, Princeton was just the best fit for him. They offered him that great education, which was extremely important to him, to go along with a very good basketball program.”
Is it fair to blame this recruiting miss on the Temple coaching staff? Well, Jackson Forbes’ godmother made it extremely clear that the Temple coaching staff was far from the problem, as she had nothing but good things to say about Coach Fran Dunphy and Dave Duke.
“I just want to make it clear that Jackson absolutely loved Coach Dunphy,” Jackson’s godmother told me. “Coach Dunphy was great throughout the entire process along with Coach Duke. When I sat down with Jackson, we talked about the rich history of Temple’s basketball program dating back to the days with John Chaney. At the end of the day, Temple was a close number 2.”
Temple does have Ryan Skovranko, Conrad Chambers, Austin Pope and Jerry Mejia still on their 2014 radar as of now. There’s still time to add onto this recruiting class and some solid talent out on the market.