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Tuesday, May 21, 2013
ESPN 150 WR picks up two SEC offers

By Greg Ostendorf

Despite debuting at No. 89 in the initial ESPN 150 rankings, wide receiver Jesse Jackson (Petal, Miss./Petal) is still flying a bit under the radar. He picked up offers from Alabama and Ole Miss in March, but he’s stayed at four offers for nearly two months.

Last week, the interest picked up. Four SEC schools came by the school in a matter of two days, and Jackson came away with offers from Auburn and Missouri as well as a camp invite from Georgia that could turn into an offer.

“The one that really surprised me was Missouri,” Jackson said. “I think it’s like an eight-or-nine hour drive from here. To get seen up that way is kind of surprising.”

However, it was the Auburn offer, not the one from Missouri, that caught his attention. AU assistant coach J.B. Grimes extended the offer and invited him to visit The Plains this summer, a trip that Jackson will likely take.

“If I don’t go anywhere else, it’s going to be Auburn this summer,” he said. “I want to meet the new coaching staff. I want to see the new things that’s going on around there. I heard it was great. For a new coaching staff to come in, start fresh and offer me, it’s an exciting thing.”

For Jackson, the top group still includes Alabama, Mississippi State, Ole Miss and Southern Miss -- the first four schools to offer him -- but he wants to do his research on the new schools that are beginning to show interest.

The interest from the Crimson Tide has dropped off somewhat since they offered, and Jackson no longer has plans to attend their camp in June. In fact, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound wide receiver doesn’t plan to attend any camps.

“I’m dropping all camps this summer,” Jackson said. “I’m just visiting campuses. I’m not really going there to actually participate in agilities and things like that. As far as visits, I’d go back to Alabama, but camps, I don’t think I’ll do any this summer.”

In addition to Alabama and Auburn, Jackson says he’ll likely make trips to both Mississippi State and Ole Miss this summer, as well as possibly Georgia if it offers.

He’s nowhere close to making a decision at this point.

“I thought about late December,” Jackson said. “If I don’t have my answer by late December, I definitely will announce it in the Under Armour game, no later than the Under Armour game.”