February 17, 2009
Rebels pursuing Alabama defensive tackle
The scholarship offers are starting to roll in for Hoover (Spain Park), Ala., defensive tackle Jeremiah Jackson.
Duke, Arkansas and Vanderbilt were the first three to offer. In the past few days, two more schools have jumped into the race for the 6-foot-2, 260-pound Jackson's coveted signature next February.
Ole Miss and UAB have extended scholarship offers in the past week. The Rebels, Jackson said Monday night, certainly have his attention.
"I was very excited," said Jackson, who is being recruited to Ole Miss by offensive line coach Mike Markuson. "I followed them last season. I saw them beat Florida and then I saw them beat Texas Tech in the Cotton Bowl. I followed Peria Jerry. I thought he was great at the position I play."
Jackson will make his first trip to Oxford, Miss., later this month when he makes the three-hour jaunt west for Ole Miss' Feb. 28 junior day. However, he's not necessarily in a hurry to make a decision or line up camps or official visit dates. That, he said, is in the hands of a higher power.
"I'm really just praying about it and asking God for direction on where to go," Jackson said. "I'm looking for a school with great academics and a place where I can be comfortable with the coaching staff and the players."
Jackson said he's also receiving interest from Alabama, though a Crimson Tide offer _ if one comes _ won't necessarily send him directly to Tuscaloosa.
"I didn't grow up cheering for any one team in particular," Jackson said. "I'm really just a fan of college football, in general."
Jackson, who recorded 64 tackles and five quarterback sacks during his junior season, said he is "very quick and explosive off the ball. I'm also physical and I can punch you."
Jackson is on track to easily meet NCAA initial-eligibility core curriculum requirements. He took the ACT for the first time recently.
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