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Sunday, January 13, 2013
Noles pitch ATH Jackson; Bama, LSU next

By Corey Long

Highly-recruited athlete Eddie Jackson (Lauderdale Lakes, Fla./Boyd Anderson) was thought to be a near-lock for Florida State when the Seminoles offered two months ago. Since then, though, the 6-foot-1, 178-pound senior has received some major offers from top SEC programs.

Jackson recently was offered by Alabama and will take official visits to Alabama, LSU and Arkansas in the next three weeks, so this weekend’s official visit to Florida State was a chance for the Seminoles to get some distance between themselves and the stout competition.

The projected cornerback said the Seminoles' visit could not have gone much better.

“I loved it, it was just a great trip,” Jackson said. “The players on the team that I hung out with were great, and everyone up there treated me so well.

“I got to spend time with coach [Jimbo] Fisher at his house and meet his family. Everything was perfect.”

Jackson said Florida State remains the favorite. With the departure of Mark Stoops to Kentucky and Eddie Gran to Cincinnati, things were a little uncertain. But new FSU defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt already was recruiting Jackson while he was the defensive backs coach at Alabama.

“I’m comfortable with the whole coaching staff at FSU,” Jackson said. “I like coach Pruitt, they want big defensive backs, and I think I fill that role.

“FSU is definitely in the lead, but no commitments yet, probably not until signing day.”

As for the Crimson Tide, they offered Jackson less than a week ago, and he is looking forward to seeing the Tuscaloosa campus next weekend.

“It was a great feeling to have the offer from Alabama, because they are a top program and just won another national championship,” Jackson added. “That’s a big-time offer right there.

“Like with all my visits that I have left, I’m going to look at the staff and see how I fit in.”

Jackson said Alabama and Arkansas will be visiting him at his school this week.