Jackson, a 6-foot-1 four-star point guard from Mishawaka, Ind., rated the No. 30 player nationally by Rivals.com, is the gem of a class that rates No. 14 nationally. As Brey said: Notre Dame never invested more time with a recruit than this one.
"Demetrius is a very ready guy, right away as a freshman," Brey said Wednesday. "It has been so interesting to watch him come from just an athlete playing basketball to becoming a guard, a good decision maker with the ball."
V.J. Beachem, a 6-6 four-star forward from Fort Wayne, Ind., joins Jackson, along with three-star Philadelphia guard Steve Vasturia and forward Austin Torres, an AAU teammate of Jackson's. Beachem intrigues Brey as a scorer who can develop into a long-armed defensive whiz.
DePaul: The Blue Demons expected to sign Billy Garrett Jr., a four-star point guard from Morgan Park.
He will play for his father Billy Garrett Sr., who is an assistant on the Blue Demons staff.
He is considered to be one of the state's best players and the 17th best point guard nationally, according to Scout.com.
The Blue Demons also will introduce Forrest Robinson, a forward from South Plains (Texas) College, the top ranked junior college player nationally, and forward Greg Sequele out of Citrus (Calif.) Junior College.
Northwestern: The Wildcats will not announce their additions until Thursday, but sources said there's no cause for alarm. The Wildcats will introduce two promising guards — point man Jaren Sina and ace shooter Nate Taphorn, a native of Pekin, Ill.
The 6-1 Sina is a New Jersey-bred ballhandler who was ranked as high as 75th by ESPN.com and 82nd by Scout.com, making him one of the most highly regarded players Bill Carmody has brought in.
Sina's connection to Northwestern began with Fred Hill, who offered him his first scholarship while Hill was the head man at Rutgers. Now Hill is an NU assistant, and he helped convince Sina he could thrive in the Wildcats' Princeton offense.
Rivals.com rated Taphorn as the nation's ninth-best deep shooter in his class. The 6-7 Taphorn is said to be drinking protein shakes and consuming up to five meals a day to bulk up his 185-pound frame.
Loyola: The Ramblers inked guard Quinten Payne from St. Charles North and Jordan Pickett from Pike High in Indianapolis.
Payne is the brother of current Ramblers point guard Cully Payne. He averaged 16.9 points, 6.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists at St. Charles North last season and ESPN ranks him No. 16 in the state.
Pickett, a point guard, averaged 26.2 points, 5.1 rebounds, 2.5 assists and three steals per game last season. ESPN rated him No. 12 in Indiana.
NIU: If Huskies signee Dontel Highsmith can keep up his scoring production, he could be legendary at NIU.
The 6-2 combo guard from Dowagiac (Mich.) High has scored 56 and 42 points in games. Last season, he averaged 27.8 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four steals per game.
Tribune reporter Teddy Greenstein contributed.