April 6, 2009
Georgia RB/LB impressed with Ole Miss
College Park (North Clayton), Ga. running back/linebacker prospect Clarence Jackson took the trip from the Atlanta-area to Oxford over the weekend to check out Ole Miss, a school that has already offered the 6-foot-1, 210 pound prospect.
"It was good," Jackson said on Sunday afternoon after returning to his home in Fayetteville. "They showed me around and I met with coaches and watched the scrimmage. I was impressed with the practice and the family atmosphere I saw on the team."
Jackson said while he's currently living in Fayetteville, which is about 15 miles from his North Clayton high school; he has no plans of transferring and wants to finish his high school career at his current school.
He was impressive at North Clayton last year as a junior.
He was a two-way starter and accounted from approximately 1,800 rushing yards on an estimated 160 carries. On defense, he had 58 tackles that included 15 sacks.
So, is it running back or linebacker for the Georgia star?
"Most of the schools are recruiting me as a linebacker," he said. "Ole Miss is recruiting me as both. I prefer to play running back."
The schools recruiting Jackson, in addition to Ole Miss, are Tennessee, Notre Dame, Illinois, Florida, and Georgia. Only Ole Miss has offered at this point and Jackson said he picked up the offer from Ole Miss about a month ago.
Jackson admittedly didn't know anything about the Rebels prior to written correspondence from Rebel defensive line coach Terry Price, who recruits the metro Atlanta area for Ole Miss.
"He was the first coach I called," Jackson said. "I was impressed with the way they were interested in me. I wasn't familiar with Ole Miss - didn't even watch them on TV last year - but we were asked to come over and check it out. I liked it and so did my parents."
Much of Jackson's focus was on watching a college football practice.
"I was impressed with the practice, how organized it was and how fast paced it was," Jackson said. "They are really together and get a lot done."
He was also impressed with his first meeting with Price.
"We got together good,' he said. "We got off to a good start on our relationship."
The trip has Ole Miss in the lead for Jackson early in the process and he plans to return this summer either for a three day camp or for the Rebels' senior camp in July.
Jackson said he has a 2.8 GPA in his core subjects and will take the SAT for the first time next month.
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