Michael Jackson out of Spain Park, Ala., is in search of his first SEC offer. His first stop of the…
Jackson hits double digits
It began with a banner junior season, in which he entered without a verbal offer to his name, but Michael Jackson has come full circle. Now getting set for his senior season at Hoover (Ala.) Spain Park High School, the 6-foot-1, 189-pound cornerback is sitting on 10 offers while being the bellcow for one of the state's top defensive backfields for 2014. "It feels good," he said laughing. Jackson has offers from all over the country at this point, with the Cornhuskers being the first major program in on him this spring. "The most surprising is Nebraska, they didn't know much about me when the offered," he said. "My tape had just come out a week or two before, so it was surprising." The camp circuit has been a kind one for the rising-senior, especially at Miami last weekend. "I went down there and showed out," he said. "I ran a 4.5-flat in the 40 (yard dash) and I did good in all the drills and stuff. They like the way I can catch the ball and compete against everyone that lines up in front of me. The head coach (Al Golden) is a real cool guy. "I got the offer before I left, the same day as the camp on Saturday. They said they're looking for big corners that can play off and press-coverage, man. They love that I'm big and that I can guard small receivers, too." Jackson has plenty of connections within the Sunshine State, and even South Florida. "It kind of feels like home since I have family down there," he said. "My dad is from Miami, my grandmother, aunts, uncles and all that live down there. It would be nice to play in front of my family, because that's the side of the family that doesn't get to see me play much, and it is the University of Miami, so that would be nice." With other extensions from Akron, Appalachian State, Central Arkansas, Cincinnati, Memphis, Southern Mississippi, Temple and Troy – there is one major conference noticeably not fully on board yet. The SEC. Will Tennessee break the ice? "They didn't know nothing about me, so I stayed like an hour after camp when I went," Jackson said. "The head coach (Butch Jones) was like, ‘we need to learn more about you before we offer you.' They said they will be in contact and want me to come to a couple of games this fall, so I will." Long coveting an offer from America's top conference, the new-age corner is also hearing from Mississippi State, Ole Miss, Kentucky and he'll camp at South Carolina next month. Jackson is in no rush to end the process, admitting he'd like to take multiple official visits in the fall before making a decision "sometime after the season."
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