March 2, 2009

Alabama DT checks out Ole Miss

Jeremiah Jackson already had a scholarship offer from Ole Miss when he made his first trip to Oxford, Miss., this past weekend.

The next step in the relationship between the Rebels and the defensive lineman from Hoover (Spain Park), Ala., was a critical one. Ole Miss had already seen enough of Jackson to know it wanted a future with him. Obviously, Jackson needed to see what Houston Nutt and Co. had to offer before deciding if Ole Miss would be a school he'd give serious consideration to.

"It went great," Jackson said Sunday night. "I had a great time. I noticed the campus when I was coming in. It's a beautiful campus. I was very impressed. It was a great place and I'm sure it would be a great place to play."

Jackson said he spent most of his time Saturday with Ole Miss offensive line coach Mike Markuson, defensive line coach Terry Price and Nutt.

"They gave me a very warm welcome," Jackson said. "We had a great conversation and a great time. When I talked to Coach Nutt, he was telling me how much he liked my film and how Ole Miss is a great school, and I agree."

Jackson, a 6-foot-2, 265-pounder, has scholarship offers from Ole Miss, Arkansas, UAB, Duke and Vanderbilt. He's not ready to name any leaders, but he indicated that Ole Miss gained ground over the weekend.

"Ole Miss is very, very high on my list because of the great facilities and the coaching staff," Jackson said. "I really felt at home. I didn't get to see the town, but I'm sure it's great also. Ole Miss is very high on my list, and I'm considering Ole Miss. …I'm just praying about it. I'm just considering every school that's offering me. We had a good time."

Jackson said he'll spend some time this weekend at Auburn, and he has plans to check out Vanderbilt and UAB this spring as well. As for Ole Miss, Jackson said he's not sure when he'll be back in Oxford, only that he will indeed return.

"I'm not exactly sure, but I'll probably come back for an official visit and I'm 100 percent positive I'm coming back for one of the games," Jackson said, adding that the recruiting process has been "unreal. My parents always taught me to stay grounded and keep Christ first."

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