May 22, 2009

Rebels pick up commitment from Atlanta LB/RB

Clarence Jackson visited Ole Miss earlier in the spring.

On Friday, despite increased interest from Tennessee and North Carolina State, Jackson committed to the Rebels.

Jackson, who also has a scholarship offer from East Carolina, is Ole Miss' second commitment for the 2010 signing class, joining East Mississippi Community College quarterback Randall Mackey.

"I liked how they have their system going and I liked the atmosphere," Jackson said Friday night. "I just felt like they had something that all the other colleges that offered me didn't have."

Jackson, a 6-foot-1, 210-pounder from Atlanta (North Clayton), Ga., is listed as an inside linebacker prospect by Rivals.com. Ole Miss, Jackson said, is recruiting him primarily as a running back.

"They were excited," Jackson said. "I was one of their No. 1 recruits. …I prefer offense. I'm a downhill runner."

Jackson said he could not rule out a change of heart down the road, but he said he certainly didn't expect that to happen.

"It could change, but I think I'm 100 percent," Jackson said. "I'm very excited about my decision."

Jackson said he's going to camp at June 7.

"After that, I'll get my dates to the other colleges and I'll go from there," Jackson said.

Jackson rushed for more than 1,800 yards and 32 touchdowns as a junior. He also recorded 15 quarterback sacks.

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