Mississippi State and new coach Sylvester Croom came away with high marks this weekend after playing host to one of the state’s top running back prospects.
“The whole trip was straight,” said three-star Horn Lake running back Brandon Jackson. “When I went there, I wasn’t really too sure what to expect. But after I met coach Croom and heard some of the things he had to say and just the way he presents himself, I got real excited. He gave us a real powerful speech about what they’re going to do there. It was incredible to hear him talk.
“I liked the players, too. They were pretty cool. Some of them were people that I already knew, and some were people I had played against. I felt like I fit in pretty good with them.
“I was kind of surprised by everything. I really thought about committing to them while I was there. It was hard not to. But people have told me I should wait and be sure I see what everybody else has to offer before I make my decision.”
Jackson (6-0, 220, 4.43) said he plans to visit Memphis on the 16th and may visit Alabama on the 23rd, if the Crimson Tide make him an official scholarship offer. If that doesn’t materialize, West Virginia could take Alabama’s place. He said Oklahoma State would be his final trip on the 30th.
As a senior at Horn Lake, Jackson rushed for 1,200 yards and 10 touchdowns. He had a huge junior season with a much more experienced offensive line, rushing for 1,770 yards and 28 scores.