Add defensive end Tim Jackson of St. Petersburg, Fla., to North Carolina coach Butch Davis' strong finishing flurry in recruiting as national signing day approaches Wednesday.
During a news conference at Gibbs High televised by TampaBay.com, Jackson spoke highly of his three finalists - North Carolina, Wake Forest and Mississippi State - and said he'd chosen the Tar Heels because of the school's strong academics and because it was the right fit for him.
Jackson, who's 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, is at least the fourth senior to commit to the Tar Heels this week. Defensive end Kareem Martin of Rocky Mount, athlete Reggie Wilkins of Crest High in Shelby and running back Gio Bernard of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., are the others.
Meanwhile, Jacksonville (Fla.) Ed White coach Terry Gilliam said this afternoon he could not confirm Internet reports that his school's standout running back, Casey Turner, has changed his commitment from Rutgers to North Carolina. Gilliam said he has not spoken directly to Turner about that issue.