October 1, 2009
Ole Miss commitment drawing interest from SEC foes
Clarence Jackson is off to a roaring start.
The three-star standout from Atlanta (North Clayton), Ga., has rushed for more than 700 yards and nine touchdowns through five games, adding 13 tackles and an interception from his linebacker post as well.
Predictably, his stock is skyrocketing, as evidenced by the recruiting efforts of Tennessee and Kentucky. However, Jackson said earlier this week that while he appreciates the interest from the Volunteers and Wildcats, his heart remains elsewhere.
"I'm still committed to Ole Miss," Jackson said. "I'm not going anywhere."
Jackson said he has regular contact with Ole Miss defensive line coach Terry Price, who recruits the Atlanta area and much of Georgia for the Rebels. Tennessee and Kentucky are in regular contact as well.
"They say they really want me," Jackson said. "I listen to all of them. My dad tells me, 'Don't burn bridges,' but in the back of my mind, I still say, 'Well, I'm still 100 percent committed to Ole Miss.'
"I like their system and how well together they are. I see that they're going to play the best man and whoever works the hardest at whatever position they're playing."
Jackson said his commitment to Ole Miss wasn't shaken at all by the Rebels' struggles in their loss at South Carolina one week ago, a 16-10 setback that led to Ole Miss plummeting from No. 4 to No. 21 in the Associated Press Top 25. Jackson said he expects to see Ole Miss bounce back, starting with Saturday's game at Vanderbilt.
"They had a couple of letdowns, a couple of problems," Jackson said. They'll get it fixed. I believe they're going to get a lot better. They're much more hungry than what they were, especially after the loss that they had."
Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 218-pounder who camped at Ole Miss this summer and ran a 4.56-second 40-yard dash, said he plans to take his official visit to Oxford after his senior season at North Clayton is complete.
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